Helidon school’s momentous 150th milestone

Former Helidon State School student Matthew Zessin graduated in 1992. He is pictured with his sons Samuel and Dominic, current year five students at Helidon. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

The grand 150th anniversary of Helidon State School brought together present and former students and the broader community to commemorate a momentous occasion on 11 May.

The milestone day was marked by a special role call of classes from each decade, a nostalgic journey through the years, and a class photo taken from each decade, capturing the essence of the school’s shared memories. 

Helidon State School Principal Mark Robertson said it was a day to celebrate everyone who had contributed to the school’s rich and warm history. 

“The 11th of May 1874 was the day the school opened,” he said.

“We have someone attending who was at the school in 1948.

“It’s a nice, welcoming community, we currently have 112 students, and it’s small enough that you can know everyone’s name.”

Helidon State School was only the second school in the Lockyer Valley district and the 52nd primary school to open in Queensland.

Visitors had the chance to enjoy amusement park-style rides, orchestral music, market stalls, and an animal farm during the day.