Lowanna Public School.
Lowanna Public School. Trevor Veale

Lowanna School notches a century

LOWANNA Public School on the Eastern Dorrigo will celebrate its centenary of public education later this month.

The school has been providing education to the Lowanna community since 1912 with one move from its original location on the Gundarene Road to its present site opposite the Lowanna railway station.

Principal Kevin Clancy said many former students, community members and teachers have indicated their intention to come to the celebrations.

"While the school may never have been large, it was surprising how many people scattered around the Dorrigo, Coffs Harbour, the Orara Valley, Grafton and Bellingen areas attended the school at some time during their primary school years," Mr Clancy said.

"We are looking to welcome back all those former students, teachers and community members who had ties to the school to celebrate with us.

"We are hoping to record much-needed information about the first 50 years of the school, as many of those that attended in the 1930s, '40s and '50s are getting on and may hold photos or memorabilia that can add to our current knowledge of the school.

"To that end we will be asking people to bring along these items and as many memories as they can recall."

The formal celebrations begin at the school at 11am on Saturday, August 25, and will be followed by a luncheon and music and time for all to renew old acquaintances until around 4pm when the Ulong Club will put on an afternoon tea.

From 6-9pm a dance will be held in the Lowanna Hall.

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