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Coffs Harbour Public turns 125

THEY sang, danced and played games in a swirl of celebration at Coffs Harbour Public.

Students and staff were in carnival mode yesterday for good reason – the 125th anniversary of their beloved school.

A concert featuring the school’s choir, bush band and three dance groups preceded the traditional mini fete with its array of goodies, including food and book stalls.

“Doesn’t it make you feel very, very proud to be part of our fantastic school,” school principal Peter Hickey told the audience.

“Our school has very talented students and our staff work hard. It’s a growing school and what an outstanding job you have all done today.”

Mr Hickey told the Advocate the anniversary celebrations were important in bringing the school community together and showcasing the talents of the students and teachers.

“It’s about developing our rapport with the community and showing the wonderful things we do at our school and also the value of public education,” he said.

“We have a very important role to play in our local community.”

Mr Hickey confirmed the school’s dance groups would be performing at a regional dance festival at Woolgoolga next week.



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