CENTENARY PRODUCTION: Filmmaker Tony Wickert, P&C; president Ian Nisbet and Repton Public principal Jane Martyn.
CENTENARY PRODUCTION: Filmmaker Tony Wickert, P&C; president Ian Nisbet and Repton Public principal Jane Martyn.

Major milestone for local school

REPTON Public is set to celebrate a major milestone, the school's centenary and to honour the occasion Arts NSW has granted $1000 to fund the production of a DVD on the school's history.

P&C president Ian Nisbet said the decision to build a school at Repton was made in 1913.

"The school was to serve the bustling community that had grown up around the timber industry on the Bellinger River," Ian said

"At the time Repton boasted three sawmills, butcher shops, billiard rooms, a large boarding house, public hall, bakery, bank and hotel.

"There were many local children and the parents were unhappy about them having to cross the river twice a day to attend school at Raleigh."

The DVD is being produced as part of the centenary celebrations which will culminate with a reunion dinner and Centenary Fair at the school on the weekend of September 19.

The DVD along with a commemorative book on the history of the school, will be available for purchase at the fair.

Local filmmaker Tony Wickert is co-ordinating the film's production.

Interviews of former students and teachers are currently being staged.

These will be combined with historic photos of Repton and footage of the present school to show how the school's centenary reflects the community's history.



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