Mossman State School gears up to celebrate 125 year milestone

MOSSMAN State School officially opened 125 years ago, and the broader school community is excitedly counting down to this weekend’s celebrations to commemorate a very special milestone.

Past and present families, students and staff will reunite for a birthday banquet at the Mossman Shire Hall on Friday, June 23, and a fete and time capsule retrieval on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

This weekend’s celebrations are not only for those who have attended or worked at Mossman Primary State School, but for the broader community, families and town spirit.

We celebrate the milestone with a gallery of images capturing the spirit of the School over the past 125 years.

This Friday, 23 June, the School will host a Welcome Dinner followed by a Fete on Saturday 24 June.

A devoted group of former students, families and associates have enjoyed the trip down memory lane, collating the school’s history, and co-ordinating the 125 year celebrations.

A Banquet on Friday will be held from 6pm to 10pm at the Mossman Shire Hall and includes live entertainment, raffles and time capsule contributions.

On Saturday, the Fete will be held from 2pm-10pm, and includes retrieval of the centennial time capsule as well as live entertainment, food stalls, face painting, raffles and a cent sale.

Friday 23 June

Birthday Banquet | Mossman Shire Hall from 6pm

This is a ticketed event, via Facebook and email (details below) for an intimate evening with friends and family, reminiscing and celebrating our 125th Birthday.

Saturday 24 June

Community Fete & Unveiling of 100 year Time Capsule | Mossman State School Oval from 2pm-10pm

Food vans, activities, amusements, entertainment, cent sale, raffles, live music by the Walker Brothers, and plenty more!

A time capsule was buried at the School’s Centenary 25 years ago in 1998. Current students have been working on pieces to add to the 125th capsule and members of the community are also invited to contribute something small.

The time capsule will be retrieved at the Fete at 3pm, and its contents will be displayed before being re-buried at a later date, full of new memories and items for the School’s 150th celebrations in 2048.

Jinkalmu Book Launch | Mossman State School at 4pm

Everybody is welcomed to join the launch of “Jinkalmu”, a Kuku Yalanji bilingual book created by students from the School, based on stories from the Mossman area.

Burying of the time capsule on October 14, 1972 by former students of the first 10 years of the School’s opening, Mr Esgar Davis and Mrs Nellie Fullerton (nee Forsayth) with Mr James Graham, Principal, right, helping. This marked 75 years of education at Mossman State School. Photo courtesy of Mr James Graham, Principal 1970-75.

Sunday 25 June

Buffet Breakfast | Mossman Bowls Club from 8am

Share more stories and memories before the weekend is over-don’t forget to call ahead to book a seat.

Tickets are available through Mossman State School Facebook page, and by email-details below.

Parade Ground-1973-Photo courtesy of J Graham (Principal 1970-1974)

All images have been sourced from the Mossman State School Centenary 1898-1998 album.


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