Happy memories of the little school by Lake Gnotuk

Monday, January 21, 2019

Gnotuk State School, circa 1917-20, with headmaster Gerard Reidy first on the right.BEFORE Gnotuk Primary School’s closure more than two decades ago it was the heart of the farming community just west of Camperdown.
Nanjing Night Net

The school opened in 1902 and a year later reached its peak, its intake of pupils reaching 131.

On Saturday, former pupils and staff will come together to share memories of a close-knit school community.

A time capsule of stories from children who attended the school in the late 1970s will also be opened.

Former student Joanne Cook, one of the organisers of the reunion, said the school would average between 50 and 64 children before its closure in 1993.

The school, now demolished, overlooked Lake Gnotuk and each year there would be school picnics and sports days with the other local schools including Bookaar, Chocolyn, Talindert and Tesbury.

“We had a beautiful timber playground with a fort and climbing equipment and the views were spectacular,” she said.

She said school plays were always a big occasion and the hall would be filled with parents.

Mrs Cook was one of the children who put work in the time capsule and said from what she could remember it was a story about what they were going to be when they grew up.

She said Nancy Fowler was the longest-serving teacher, starting when Mrs Cook’s mother was at the school in 1955. Mrs Fowler, nee Quick, left for 13 years to raise her own children and then returned in the 1970s until she retired in 1990.

The reunion will be held at the Camperdown Guide Hall in Manifold Street from 2pm. Those attending have been asked to bring a plate and a gold coin donation will go towards hiring the hall.

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