A blast from the past … Moffatdale State School in 1973 (Photo: Centenary Committee)

October 28, 2015

It’s going to be a big day at Moffatdale on Saturday with the centenary celebrations at Moffatdale State School and the opening of the new Brydges Park nearby.

The school celebrations kick off at 9:00am and will run until 4:00pm.

Ex-students returning for the celebration will be invited to inspect the classrooms from 9:00am-10:00am.

The official proceedings will get underway at 10:30am with the welcome and speeches.

Special guests will be Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, who will present the school with a commemorative plaque; Cr Kathy Duff from the South Burnett Regional Council, and Education Queensland Assistant Regional Director Debbie Hails.

Current school students will put on a display of singing, followed by music by country singer Dean Perrett.

The cutting of the cake will be done by the oldest ex-student and the youngest student present.

Proceedings will pause while Cr Duff officially opens the new Brydges Park nearby, on land donated by the Brydges family from Bridgeman Downs vineyard.

Teacher Rebecca Payne told southburnett.com.au that the oldest ex-pupil expected to attend was Keith Haager, 91.

Moffatdale State School currently has 53 students; back in 1915 it had 11 when it first opened.

Rebecca said the original school building was still standing at the site, but it had been converted into the School Office.

She said planning for the day had been underway for more than a year.

There will be a mini-market as well as food stalls, a vintage car display and memorabilia for sale.

Mementos available to buy include the 1915-2015 Year Book,  a cook book, and bottles of commemorative port bottled by Moffatdale Ridge.

After the official proceedings, school photos have been scheduled, with ex-students to pose year-by-year.

A licensed bar will run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Moffatdale State School in 2015 … the old school house has been turned into the School Office
(Photo: Centenary Committee)

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables