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Reunion planned for old Carpendale state school

The students outside the old Carpendale school. Date not known.
The students outside the old Carpendale school. Date not known. Contributed

THE BELL will be ringing and school will be in for Carpendale State School over three decades since it last closed its doors

Former school principal Bailey Pashley and former pupil Glen Kluck are summoning back pupils from a by-gone era for a reunion in Gatton next month.

Mr Pashley believed the school, east of Helidon, may have closed in 1974 however, Queensland State Archives records say it closed "circa 10 December 1982".

Whatever the date, hundreds of students passed through the doors of the old one-teacher school over the years and Bailey and Glen want to hear from them.

"We are organising a 'Back to Carpendale' celebration and are hoping to reach out to all students and surviving families," Mr Pashley said.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up on family history over the last 50 years."

Mr Pashley said the school was opened in 1924 and was in its heyday in the 1960s.

 "During that time, the enrolment fluctuated between 11 and 30 plus, before it began to drop down again," he said.

Mr Pashley said that when the school was closed the building was moved to Helidon township where it became the tennis clubhouse.

Mr Kluck, who owns the Shoe Collection shop in Gatton, said it was a great place to go to school.

"I didn't do any schoolwork, I spent all my time playing sport," he said.

"We used to play cricket on the road outside the school."

The reunion will be held at Gatton Golf Club on October 5 starting with "class assembly time" at 11am.

Past students should contact Bailey on 5464 5369 (afternoons) or email bm.pashley@bigpond.com.

Topics:  gatton, reunion


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