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100 Years Of Tradition

Story: Christine Chamberlain | Photo: slapics
Aug 21, 2019
100 Years of Tradition
The folk tradition of maypole dancing will be one of the highlights of Shorncliffe State School’s Centenary Celebration Fete, this month.

The bayside school marked the start of their centennial year on 29 January, and now the focus is on several celebrations over the weekend of September 13 and 14.

Shorncliffe principal, Melanie Rehm, said a formal assembly would be hosted by the current school leaders, followed by a special afternoon tea for past students, on Friday, 13 September from 2pm

“Shorncliffe has a strong sense of tradition,’’ Melanie said.

That evening, the school’s P&C Association will host a fundraising cocktail party (18+ years) at the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) from 6pm.

P&C president, Kristen Davie, said past students were travelling long distances to attend the reunion.

“This is a lovely opportunity for past and present parents, past students and past and current teachers to enjoy a night in Shorncliffe,’’ Kristen said.

The evening will include an online raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased from the school’s office.

The focus will then shift to Saturday, 14 September for the Centenary Celebration Fete and further reunions of past students and teachers.

The fete will be opened by lord mayor, Adrian Schrinner, and will include a Welcome to Country and an indigenous dance performance. 

A reunion space will be set up where past students and staff can come together in decade groups to reminisce and enjoy a Devonshire tea. Tours of the original school buildings will be led by current year five and six students.

During the fete, senior students will perform a maypole dance, a tradition at the school dating back to the 1920s.

 “A Shorncliffe tradition is the maypole and our dancers have been learning their routines since the beginning of Term 2,’’ Melanie said.

“Our year six students are writing letters to the future to be placed in the time capsule, when it is unsealed for the first time since the 90th celebrations.’’

The school’s oval will be packed with amusement rides, games and stalls, while the students dance through the decades and the school bands and choir perform.

“Past Shorncliffe instrumental music strings students will combine with our current students to perform,’’ Melanie said.

Kristen said the weekend of celebrations are a great opportunity to give back to the community.

“100 years of servicing the community is a really important milestone to celebrate,’’ Kristen said.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our past students back to the school to see the differences in the school.’’

Shorncliffe State School Centenary Fete
Saturday, 14 September, 10am-5pm