Fernvale community celebrates 150 years of Fernvale State School

Uncle Henry delivers a welcome to country to the large crowd at Fernvale State School

A large crowd assembled at Fernvale State School on Saturday to celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary.

Longstanding principal, David Raine, who has seen students, staff and supporters come and go over 25 years at the facility, and whose four children attended classes there, told a packed school auditorium of his pride at the quality of education and community support that is its hallmark.

Mr Raine said Fernvale School was first accommodated in the Harris Family General Store in the late 1800s. At that time, several nearby schools were opening up, including at Wivenhoe, Boonah and Fairney View. Fernvale School moved its location and settled into more appropriate surroundings in 1915.

Mr Raine read excerpts from a letter provided by the school’s 27th principal Bernard Huth, who was at Fernvale from 1964 to 1967. Arriving from the outback, Mr Huth was excited to have electricity and surprised by his neighbour’s pet kangaroos that went hopping though his home.

Mr Raine called on the former students present to enjoy the opportunity to rekindle their memories and to make up for lost time by catching up with their old classmates.

A highlight of the occasion was a cake-cutting and an address by Mr Raine’s immediate predecessor, another long-serving local principal, Bruce Peel.