School skipping along after 60 years

Towradgi Public School students will revive popular 1950s games - hopscotch, marbles, elastics and skipping - at the school's 60th anniversary celebrations on Friday and Saturday.

The school, which officially opened in April 1954, will hold a sausage sizzle and old-style games afternoon for students on Friday.

Fairy Meadow grandmother Vicki Smede remembered playing hopscotch, jacks and running games when she started at the school in 1957.

"Many a time I would go home with a scraped knee," she said.

"I also remember using a pen and nib to write ... if you had too much ink you would blot it hoping your words didn't smudge.

"In those days I would go home with blue ink on my fingers."

Mrs Smede's five children attended the primary school, followed by her granddaughter Ava Smede, who has begun year 1.

The 62-year-old said she learnt about different cultures through an ethnic mix of students who attended the school.

Towradgi Public School boasts a long history of multiculturalism, due to the nearby Fairy Meadow Migrant Hostel.

Before the hostel's closure in 1977, a stream of students from migrant families would enrol at the school until their families were relocated to other parts of Australia for work.

Now, the school has 178 students across six mainstream classes, two special education classes and an early intervention unit.

The public has been invited to join Saturday's celebrations and fun activities at the school.

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