Sisters Vera Brown and Enid Ryan reminisce with former classmate Darcy Sexton at the Maryvale State School centenary celebrations at the weekend.
Sisters Vera Brown and Enid Ryan reminisce with former classmate Darcy Sexton at the Maryvale State School centenary celebrations at the weekend. Deanna Millard

Former students celebrate Maryvale State School's centenary

MEMORIES of the old school days were rekindled for many past students, including Darcy Sexton, at the Maryvale State School centenary at the weekend.

Mr Sexton, who started Year 1 in 1930, was one of the oldest past students who attended the centenary and could vividly recall his early school years at Maryvale.

It was a time when the school consisted of one building with old wooden floors and the students had only slates and chalk to complete their schoolwork. It was also an era when strict teachers ruled the school, and instilled fear in the students, threatening them with the dreaded cane.

Despite this Mr Sexton said he enjoyed his school years because that was just the way it was back then, however he said children today are very privileged.

"It's great to see this country school not only survive, but to now offer modern teaching methods and have the equipment and supplies required for children to receive a good education," he said.

"We did not even have much to play sports with in my day, and had to use a tennis ball to play soccer and a baton off the veranda railings as a cricket bat."

A strong memory was his teacher mistakenly giving him 10 cuts as punishment, which traumatised him at the time, but is something he can now laugh about.

"I did not clearly hear the question he asked and received the cuts because I admitted to getting 10 spelling words wrong, when in actual fact I had got 10 right," he said.

"Instead of apologising when he realised this, he gave me two more cuts for not listening."

While Mr Sexton was pleased to not have to face his previous teacher on his return to the school at the weekend he did enjoy catching up with a dozen of his old classmates.

Those who attended the weekend event browsed the two classrooms which were full of memorabilia and enjoyed entertainment, a barbecue and bar and market stalls.

President of the centenary committee Frank Roche was more than pleased with the day.

"It was fantastic to see so many past students and teachers attend," he said.



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