Helidon roll call

Helidon State School students Maddie, Ebony, Joey and George, with the principal Mark Robertson, are eager to welcome you to the school’s 150th anniversary fete on May 11.

Calling past students and staff of Helidon State School, it’s time to celebrate.

Saturday 11 May marks the school’s 150th anniversary and the P and C have been busy putting together a fantastic celebration for the community.

Helidon State School principal Mark Robertson said they were seeking as many past students and staff as possible.

“We’ve been reaching out to people through all means available to us, social media, primarily word of mouth, just trying to get people to hear the message and inviting people to contact us by phone or email,” he said.

“We’ve been keeping a list of those people and we’re going to be inviting them shortly to come along to a special roll call on the afternoon.”

They are also looking for the oldest living person, either staff or student, and the earliest enrolment.

Helidon is one of the oldest state schools in Queensland and its milestone year is an opportunity for anyone with links to the school, past or present, to celebrate.

“The history of the school is worth celebrating because it has been 150 years of continuous education in Helidon and the surrounding community,” Mr Robertson said.

“We’re probably one of less than 50 schools in Queensland that have reached that milestone, and so it’s a significant milestone not just for State Education Queensland, but for the community.”

There are many locals who have roots back to the school.

“We’ve got a number of people living in the community still who went to school here, have ongoing connections with the school,” Mr Robertson said.

“An event like this is a unifying element for the community and it can bring people together.”

There will be plenty of time to catch up with old school mates, reminisce, and reunite with long lost buddies.

“We’re going to take class photos of past students from different decades and just have a bit of fun with that,” Mr Robertson said.

“We will have some old photos, some old photos, and some old records on display so people can have a flick through them, have a look, and find reference to themselves.”

The day’s entertainment has plenty to offer the young ones too, with carnival rides, a petting zoo, and the local emergency services (provided they are not called away on duty).

Community and sporting clubs will be there with stalls and interactive activities for the kids can participate in.

Topping off the day’s entertainment is the dunk tank to raise money for the P and C.

Mr Robertson and Local Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald have put themselves in the firing line.

“We’re hoping that we’re going to have a celebrity auction where local people can come and place a bid,” Mr Robertson said.

“The person that places the highest on each of us will get the honour of dunking us.

“All the money raised from that will go to support educational wellbeing programs at the school.”

Past students and staff can contact pandc@helidon.eq.edu.au or phone 07 4612 9222 for an invitation.