Swinging 60s highlights Balarang PS’ 50th birthday celebrations

PARTY: Balarang PS' Bryn Evans, Beau Ritchie, Jack Ritchie, Taleah Knowles, Avery Griffiths, Alanna Macey, Larissa Treveana and Indya Smith. Picture: Robert Peet
PARTY: Balarang PS' Bryn Evans, Beau Ritchie, Jack Ritchie, Taleah Knowles, Avery Griffiths, Alanna Macey, Larissa Treveana and Indya Smith. Picture: Robert Peet

Mini Austin Powers were out in force at Balarang Public School on Friday.

Some students even dressed as Dr Evil during the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

About 280 students dressed up in outfits from the 1960’s, as this was the era the school was founded.

Balarang PS teacher Carrie Fishburn said students also participated in rotating activities related to this era.

Parents/caregivers and community members also enjoyed a picnic lunch with their children during the day-long celebrations.

The school stayed open till 5:30pm for afternoon tea and refreshments.

“We are looking forward to a great afternoon and I'm sure there will be a lot of reminiscing and stories to share,” Mrs Fishburn told the Mercury earlier in the day.

We are looking forward to a great afternoon.

Carrie Fishburn

When the school opened for enrolments on September 10, 1968, it was known as Oak Flats East Public School.

Boundary changes saw five classes with 50 primary pupils and 88 infant students, transfer from Oak Flats Public School.

At the start of 1969, 51 primary children and 91 infants attended the school.

That same year the name of the school was changed to Balarang, which is an Aboriginal word meaning “Place of the She Oak”.

Mr Kim Bowyer was appointed the first full-time principal of the school in 1969.