Hall School Centenary April 2011
The Centenary of Hall Primary School will be celebrated over the weekend of April 16-17th 2011. The school opened to its first pupils on January 30th 1911, after sustained and strenuous efforts by members of the local community to gain a school for the village.
Everyone who has had some involvement with the school over the years – pupils, teachers and other staff, parents, and others – is invited 'back to Hall' for the Centenary.
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Program - Hall School Centenary: April 16-17th
Hall School Centenary - Program
The Centenary will take place over the weekend of April 16-17th.
The main Program of Centenary activities will be on Saturday 16th, from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.
On Sunday 17th the Hall School Museum and the special Centenary exhibition 'Yesterday's Hall and School' will be open again from 10.00 - 4.00 pm.
On Saturday there will be a Registration Desk in the playground where you will be able to pick up a name tag, and tickets ordered for the Centenary Dinner. You will be invited to 'sign up' as a visitor to the Centenary, and leave your contact information.
A number of activities will be available all day on Saturday:
- A display of veteran vehicles and machinery contributed by a range of community members.
- Activities for kids - a merry-go-round, games, kids play area.
- Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits at The Cottage, served by the local churches.
- the Hall School Museum will be open 10-4.
- The Exhibition: 'Yesterdays Hall and School' will be open 10-4.
- The Exhibition will include a small book stall with local publications and a Southwell Family Society display.
- Bottles of Hall Centenary Shiraz (2008) for sale at the book stall.
As well as the refreshments available at the Cottage, the Rotary Club of Hall will run a BBQ from noon onwards.
At 1.30 pm there will be a special one hour performance by the Bush Dancers display group.
This will be followed at 3.00 pm by the official Centenary Ceremony with MC David Kilby. The start of the Ceremony will be indicated by the ringing of the school bell, and raising of the flag.
Speakers will include John Thompson (grandson of the first Teacher-in-Charge), Jan Day (former Principal) and Irene Copping. Mrs Copping will cut the Centenary cake. The contents of the time Capsule will be revealed. It is anticipated that the Ceremony will take around 40 minutes. It will end with an invitation to all to assemble in 'decades' groups around the school grounds for photographs to be taken.
At the end of the afternoon, visitors may like to proceed down the street to the Gumnut Coffee Shop, the Wood Duck Inn, or the Hall Premier Store, all of which will be open for food and drinks of various kinds.
The Centenary Dinner will take place on Saturday evening in the Hall Pavilion, and is likely to be fully subscribed. Speakers will include John Thompson, Joy (Porter) Sheargold (former Principal), Ralph Southwell, Mandy Perry, Monica Kennedy, Will Brydie-Watson and Jack Williams. Music will be the 'pops' of the early 1900's specially compiled for the occasion by David Kilby.
Hall School Centenary 1911 - 2001
The Centenary of Hall Primary School will be celebrated over the weekend of April 16-17th 2011.
Everyone who has had some involvement with the school over the years – pupils, teachers and other staff, parents, and others – is invited 'back to Hall' for the Centenary. Although the school was closed in 2006, it has been at the centre of village and district life for nearly a hundred years, and this will be an occasion to recognize and give thanks to all those who have given it life and purpose.
It will also be a great opportunity for reunions. If you are interested in the Centenary celebrations, and want to be kept informed, please register your interest, and let others know about it.
This website will carry up to date information about the Centenary weekend, and stories and information about the school and its members.
We plan to have the school site and buildings open for visiting on the Saturday afternoon. There will be a number of activities including opening of the school's Time Capsule, as prescribed at the time of it's sealing.
The original 1911 one teacher school, now the Hall School Museum (the Laurie Copping Heritage Centre), will be open over the whole weekend. We are currently undertaking a Conservation Management Plan for the Museum, and producing a Handbook for volunteer guides.
On Saturday 16th April there will be a Centenary Dinner in the (newly renovated) Hall Pavilion, featuring entertainment, special guests, and celebration of a century of schooling at Hall. If you register your interest now, then later on you will receive an invitation to attend to the Dinner.
Subject to interest from those attending, we will organize group bookings on Sunday morning at a number of the fine local wineries and cafes.
Please register your interest so that we can keep you posted, and tell others you were at school with about the Centenary. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Hall School Centenary is a work in progress. From now it will be shaped by those of you who express interest in being a part of it. We particularly hope that many of you who have left the district will choose to make a return visit for the Centenary weekend. For you, and others, we will do all we can to make sure the weekend is enjoyable, memorable, and a fitting tribute to all who have been part of the Hall Primary School community.
Bookmark this page; tell your friends; Register your interest so that we can email you occasionally with updates.