School's milestone brings back generations of memories

TIME TO REFLECT: Deslie Daniels recalls fond memories of her time at Byron Bay Public School.
TIME TO REFLECT: Deslie Daniels recalls fond memories of her time at Byron Bay Public School. Yvonne Gardiner

DESLIE Daniels (nee Flick) has had an association with Byron Bay Public School for as long as she can remember.

Her father was a student, she was educated there between the ages of five and 12, her children went there and now three of her grandchildren make up the fourth-generation with school connections.

Deslie will be much involved in upcoming 125th anniversary celebrations at the school on Saturday, September 16.

"I'm teaching the maypole dance for this 125th. The maypole is over 100 years old," she said.

"The history room will be full of archives, photographs and a slide show.

"They're having a street march."

About 2000 people turned out to the school's centenary celebrations in 1992.

Deslie, 74, remembers her school days with fondness, particularly her "wonderful teachers".

"I've been involved with the school nearly all my life," she said.

"I had six children - all but the oldest boy went to the school."

Folk dancing and other all-day entertainment from 9am-4pm will be a feature of the 125th celebrations.

"We've got a lady teacher in her early 90s, Esme Walker, and the eldest student, Hazel Roberts, she's coming on the day," Deslie said.

"They will be in the official party.

"There's a book being processed and it will be on sale by order or on the day for $10."

On Friday night, September 15, the celebrations will start with a Bring, Brag and Share at the Byron Bay Bowling Club.

This will be an opportunity for sharing photos, news clippings, and stories about personal experiences.

On the Saturday, current students will be joined by past students and teachers in a re-enactment of the walk that took place in 1992 at the school's centenary.

The walk will start at 9am from Apex Park and end at the school grounds on Carlyle St.

On Saturday night, the Byron Bay Services Club will host a final meet-up.

Inquiries about the 125th celebration, call Geoff Spargo on 0417 274 476.

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