Current student Max Hunter with past students, Kevin, Beryl, Sylvia, Meg, Shirley and Ethel (Conlan) at North Arm State School for the celebration of 130 years of teaching. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Current student Max Hunter with past students, Kevin, Beryl, Sylvia, Meg, Shirley and Ethel (Conlan) at North Arm State School for the celebration of 130 years of teaching. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Reunion brings back plenty of memories

FOR the Conlan family, it was only fitting that six of the clan attended North Arm State School's 130th birthday celebrations after eight members of the family attended the primary school close to 70 years ago.

"The whole of our family went here," Sylvia Conlan said.

"It had two rooms when I came to school, and one teacher."

The close-knit siblings, who live in north Brisbane and on the Coast, rallied the family together on Saturday to celebrate their much-loved alma mater.

Mrs Conlan attended the school's centenary in 1985 when a time capsule was filled, and watched, 30 years later, as it was opened on Saturday.

The event continued the throwback theme with a reunion rollcall, a retro photo booth and old photo albums on display.

Principal Kelly Edgar said it was more than just a school to many.

"This school's just got something absolutely hard to describe but people just love this school," Ms Edgar said.

"There's so many stories already of people who are descendants of the original school 130 years ago.

"It's amazing for everybody to get together, just to reconnect and remember what was so special."

Organiser Tracy Farmer said the school's rural setting made it the centre of its community.

"We don't have any businesses around us, so the school is the community," she said. "This is where everybody meets and talks and says hello, this is where friendships are formed."


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