MILESTONE: Dalveen State School is set to celebrate 140 years.
MILESTONE: Dalveen State School is set to celebrate 140 years. Matthew Purcell

Village to come together to mark school history

SCHOOL'S are an essential cog in every community and for 140 years Dalveen State School has played a pivotal role in shaping the township.

On Saturday, September 1 the school will commemorate 14 decades of education. Unsurprisingly the school has had a few shake-ups over that time, shifted sites and been home to some memorable staff and students.

"It's a big day on before and after - so what it was like before and what it is like now,” P&C member Rohan Parker said.

"It's an opportunity for the community to come in and do a little reminiscing. There's people who grew up in Dalveen and still live in the area. So it'll be good for them to come in, talk about the old school days and the mischief they got up to,” he said.

The celebration all starts at 11am and runs to 3pm. Sandwiched in that time will be presentations, stalls, $5 hot lunch (kids free), complimentary afternoon tea, yabby races, displays and old-school games.

Courtesy of Golden Grove Estate, a commemorative wine, emblazoned with special labels, will also be for sale.

It'll also be an opportunity to honour their newly-retired former principal, Patsy Lee.

"She was principal here for 27 years and has just retired this year,” acting principal Yvonne Watt said.

"It'll all be a good opportunity for kids going here today to share a few stories with the people who come through.

"For a small school (one teacher school, 16 students) we do well. Schools like ours are important to the district,” Ms Watt said.

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