Bargo Public School celebrates its 150th birthday

Party time: The Bargo Public School community - including the Dykes family who have attended for five generations - prepares to celebrate 150 years. Picture: Simon Bennett
Party time: The Bargo Public School community - including the Dykes family who have attended for five generations - prepares to celebrate 150 years. Picture: Simon Bennett

Grab your balloons and streamers - it's celebration time in Bargo.

Students, staff and community members will spend this week celebrating a special milestone at Bargo Public School.

The primary school is now 150 years old.

Principal Ben Green said there was a raft of activities prepared for the big birthday week to give the school the recognition it deserved.

"Since I first arrived at the school, the conversations I was having were about pride and how connected everyone in the Bargo community felt to the school," he said.

"We've got a family that has attended the school for five generations, and I think the depth and breadth of their attendance at the school is indicative of the place it has in the community. We invited them along for our big birthday presentation."

Celebrations include an all-school assembly and presentation with guest speakers, the launch of a restored original school bell, a whole school photo with students and staff arranged to form the number 150, the relaunch of the frog pond Aboriginal learning space (thanks to a grant from Woolworths), planting of a commemorative fig tree, an old-school dress up day and historic activities (including writing on slate with ink wells) and finally a massive community fete and car show on Saturday.

Mr Green said the school P+C had been a great help with the organisation and assisted in the purchase of customised 150th birthday t-shirts for every single student.

He said the school had gone through many changes throughout the years.

"It was first opened in May 1869 as the West Bargo school," he said.

"It was on a residential property, but eventually moved to our current location.

"It was originally a school with less than 30 students, one teacher and an average attendance of 15. Now we have more than 300 students and upwards of 20 staff.

"We've always been very good at celebrating our milestones."