50 years of Norville to celebrate – Bundaberg Now

50 YEARS OLD: Stacey Ford, Trevor Green, Robert Long, Laura Coates, Penelope Lester, Helen Lester, Angela Baxter and Wendy Smith at Norville State School in the early years.

Norville State School students, teachers, and families past and present will come together later this month to celebrate 50 years of opening the facility.

A golden jubilee will take place on Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a series of festivities planned for the enjoyment of the participants.

Carol Wood, who is not only the event’s organizer but also a former teacher and vice-principal, said the jubilee would include the opening of a buried time capsule in 1995, the creation of a new time capsule. , student shows, rides, food stalls and Suite.

She said the event was long in coming, with COVID restrictions overturning initial plans to host the jubilee last year.

“The event was scheduled to take place in 2020, which was the school’s 50th year of operation, but COVID caused it to be postponed to this year,” she said.

“There has been a lot of Facebook activity from different class groups in the past who are now really eager to catch up on the day.

“We expect many families, students and teachers, past and present, to attend the celebrations. ”

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Norville teacher Carol Wood with Ben Dorron, Nicholas Clarry, Sarah Edwards and Caitlyn Findlay in 1994.

History of Norville State Elementary School

Carol said Norville was one of the first open-concept public primary schools built in Queensland.

She said the school was distinctive at the time, being low-rise with large double-space classrooms with two or sometimes three teachers, retreat rooms for small-group activities, lessons, expansive grounds and a bush area.

“Classes had up to 80 children in the early years, while additional classrooms were built gradually throughout this period,” Carol said.

“When the school opened, not all classrooms were finished, so teachers and students had to be very flexible and adaptable to fit into existing classrooms.

“The school initially created a certain community conjecture because of its different design and cooperative education approach.

“However, it was quickly recognized as a very positive educational institution that provided great opportunities for the children who attended Norville.”

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Principal Ron Lester traces the development of the school since the children first attended on January 25, 1971.

Lots of change at Norville State School 50 years

Over the years, Carol said modern technology and various curriculum changes have shaped the school for what it is today.

“The school has embraced technology as an integral aspect of learning,” she said.

“Norville has a computer lab and a focus on digital technology is part of the curriculum.

“Teachers also organize a ‘coders club’ during lunch breaks to encourage students interested in digital technologies and coding to experiment and learn. “

Carol said the students at the school also have a keen interest in other unique programs, including choirs, instrumental groups and more.

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Anthonie Meerman, a music teacher at Norville State School, leads students at a Music Count Us In event in 2019.

“Programs such as ‘Thinkers Club’ were created to prepare children to participate in the Optiminds program and improve creative thinking and problem solving,” she said.

“A ‘Quills’ extension writing group encourages students to develop and refine their written language skills.

“As part of the Japanese language program, the Japanese teacher created a group of Taiko drummers. “

Carol said the Golden Jubilee event will be an opportunity for the community to further explore Norville State School’s history, current accomplishments, and future plans.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 20 at Dr Mays Road Svensson Heights School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To learn more about Norville State School’s 50th anniversary celebration, follow the Facebook page for more information.