Leyburn State School principal Viviene Simpson (left) and anniversary committee member Vicki Webcke at the celebrations at the weekend.
Leyburn State School principal Viviene Simpson (left) and anniversary committee member Vicki Webcke at the celebrations at the weekend. Kerri Burns-Taylor

School bell is still ringing at Leyburn

AT MIDDAY on Saturday, former Leyburn State School student Tex McGee rang the school bell, sending nostalgia resonating through the school grounds.

The sound brought back memories - some more distant than others - for the past and current students who had gathered to celebrate the school's sesquicentenary.

The school, which still boasts more than 30 students and two teachers, has been going strong since its inception 150 years ago.

Principal Viviene Simpson said she was overwhelmed to see so many people turn out to celebrate the milestone.

"We really weren't expecting so many guests because we are such a small community," Mrs Simpson said.

"We wanted something low-key where people can come in, grab a chair and enjoy a catch-up with some old friends."

The party wasn't restricted to locals, with visitors from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, New South Wales and even London.

Rosemary Nosovich made the trip from Brisbane for the event, representing her 99-year-old mother and past student, Elizabeth Murray.

Health issues meant Mrs Murray couldn't be there in person but her thoughtful daughter wasn't going to let her miss out of the day.

"I would love to have brought her here with me because she just loves Leyburn," Mrs Nosovich said.

"So I have been taking lots of photos of everything and I have called her to tell her what is happening and I will probably call her again."

 

Long live Leyburn

Leyburn State School is listed in the top 10 oldest and still operating schools in Queensland.



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