Parkview Junior School celebrates centenary

The Parkview Junior Choir perform at the Centenary Garden Day.


Parkview Junior School celebrated its centenary with a Garden Day at the school on 9 September.

The Garden Day was one of the many celebrations hosted by the school in celebration of 100 years since the school opened. The day was filled with dance performances by students, a funky hat parade and a variety of stalls offering anything from coffee to crafts.

One of the items on sale was the centenary book, A Lovely Spirit Here, which traces the history of the school and all the changes it has undergone throughout time.

Parkview Junior School celebrates its centenary with a themed parade

Cynthia Kros, the author of the book, recounted some of the stories she had heard about the school through her research process. The book was also distributed for free to all Parkview Junior parents.

“It’s so exciting to think that little over a hundred years ago this school was started on 10 April in 1917. I was very excited to have found the admissions register from that year. I was able to find out an amazing amount [of information] about the first 19 children to come to this school on that day,” said Kros.

“I think one of the proudest moments for Parkview was when they began working towards deracialising admissions for the school. Many parents spoke about how important it was to have children who spoke different languages, came from different backgrounds and introduced elements of difference,” added Kros.

Children from Parkview Junior perform a dance for their parents and visitors at the Centenary Garden Day.

Debbie Green, who planned the Garden Day, said that the celebration had taken about three months of planning. She added that while a lot of work was involved with planning the day, there was a great team who helped.

“It was a really pleasant day and the feedback from the parents has been really good,” said Green.

“The money we raised will go towards the general upkeep of the school. We would like to install rainwater tanks as well as provide some maintenance for the jungle gyms. All the money goes towards Parkview and that’s what makes it such a special school,” concluded Green.

100 years for Parkview Junior School

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Laura Pisanello

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