Cleveland State School has made a difference to thousands of students’ lives in the Redland community for 150 years.
The school opened on April 27, 1868, and has continued to empower children through teaching and learning with about 700 students now enrolled.
Its major 150 year milestone will be celebrated on May 25 with the original school bell to be rung to open the ceremony for attendees including colleagues from the Bayside school cluster.
A ‘150 Years Strong Mural’ and a historical display will be unveiled in the school library containing items recovered from a 1968 time capsule. This will showcase writing from students on the next 100 years and a digitalised version of some ‘super 8’ film.
Students will also participate in a bush dance and gather for a special 150 aerial photo.
Celebrations will continue for Cleveland State School at the ‘150 years strong’ fete in term four. The fete will give former students and staff an opportunity to participate in a roll call and to share their memories.
This fete will host a range of activities and stalls.
Cleveland State School Principal Mark Ionn said the school has rolled-out initiatives and strategies since its fruition to develop each learner as unique.
“This is an opportunity to acknowledge where we’ve come from, be precise abut what we do now and ensure we have the processes in place to engage in an ever emerging change which will come into the future,” he said.
“I am really looking forward to past and current students and staff being able to identify where they have played a part in the picture of our school.
“It’s moments like this which are an opportunity to build a stronger tapestry of the history of where we have come from, where we want to go and to display how we have built on traditions.
“It will be interesting what predictions we make in the next capsule about what will come about and what would we choose now to be representative of our times.”
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Mr Ionn said the school became an independent public school in 2017 which enabled teachers, school council and the leadership team to make a difference to student outcomes as a decision making group.
“To assist this mindset, it has been a focus of the school to promote the power of a strong three-way partnership with all families throughout their journey at the school,” he said.
“Schools do not exist in a world of isolation they are key players in the community. This gives them the opportunity to work together for the benefit of all.”
The three-way partnership model is based on George Otero’s work from New Mexico.