Hall School Centenary
5 April 2011
Plans are now well under way for celebration of the Centenary of Hall Public School. There is a full Program of activities all day on Saturday 16th, while the School Museum and a special Centenary Exhibition will be open both Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.
Around 130 tickets have been sold for the Centenary Dinner at the Pavilion, at which a number of invited speakers - including former staff and students - will reflect on the origins and life of a very special village school.
A special heritage exhibition - 'Yesterday's Hall and School' is taking shape in the main school building, made available to us for the Centenary. Many local families are lending items, including a lot of school photos (some samples below in our photo gallery; we have more!).
Other activities will be concentrated on Saturday 16th. There will be a display of veteran vehicles and machinery, a Rotary BBQ (from noon), all day refreshments at the Cottage by the Hall churches, the well-known Canberra Bush Dancing Display Group (1.30 - 2.30), and a Centenary Ceremony with some special guests at 3.00 pm. Former teacher, and some time radio personality David Kilby will be MC for the day.
Special guests include Mrs Irene Copping, John Thompson, the grandson of Charles Thompson, first 'Teacher-in-Charge', and former principal Jan Day.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy a bottle of the limited edition Centenary Shiraz (2008), a local wine from Canberra Winemakers.
When the Program finishes at the School, visitors will be able to go on catching up with old friends at the shop, the Gumnut Cafe, or the Wood Duck.
It is hoped that the weekend, as well as being a fitting celebration of all those who contributed to the life of the school, will build awareness and support for the Hall School Museum through the establishment of a group of 'Friends of the Museum'.