Bell tolls for centenary at Glen Forrest Primary School

Glen Forrest students watch Emily Walker ring the bell. Picture: Martin Kennealey |www.communitypix.com.au   d445418
Glen Forrest students watch Emily Walker ring the bell. Picture: Martin Kennealey |www.communitypix.com.au d445418

GLEN Forrest children stepped back in time to celebrate 100 years of education at their primary school recently.

They dressed for lessons in period clothing and learned to play old-fashioned games such as hopscotch and marbles.

A concerted effort to find a time capsule buried in 1905 proved fruitless, but parents and staff did discover a wooden box buried in 1979 for the Silver Jubilee. Unfortunately termites had devoured the contents of the box beneath room 15, believed to be the oldest working classroom in WA.

Deputy principal Tracey Owen said the reinstallation of the old school bell was a highlight of the centenary celebrations.

Parent Dave Walker restored the brass bell to its former glory and his daughter Emily performed the first call to lessons.

Other highlights featured the unveiling of the school’s new Leader in Me mural, a lighthouse design by parent leader Evy Hodge.

The lighthouse symbolises the quest by students, staff and parents to become a beacon school in developing young leaders.

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