Past pupils celebrate 130 years
AS Ma Ma Creek State School celebrates an iconic milestone in its history, three generations of past and present students from the same family were present to commemorate 130 years.
When people drive towards the small township on Gatton-Clifton Rd, they will see the school loom as it nestled between the misty mountains.
Trevor Neumann, Debbie Storey (nee Neumann) and Cindy Storey have all gone to the school with Cindy currently in Year 1.
The Neumanns were just one of the big pioneering families in the region and Cindy's great grandfather also attended the school.
Mr Neumann said he remembers doing manual training at school including woodwork, metalwork and leatherwork while boys and girls were in separate classes.
That has changed today but there is still roughly the same student population.
The school also moved from its original location in the early 1900s.
Teacher aide Beverley Sutton said it is a characteristic country town school and is very picturesque with the flowering bougainvilleas around the grounds that have been there since the late 1930s.
“The region is known for its strong family links and about one third of currently enrolled students are descendants of past students,” Ms Sutton said.
Ma Ma Creek Provisional School (as it was known then) was opened on October 27, 1880 by then principal, James Thom and 32 students enrolled.
Today Ma Ma Creek State School is a “thriving two-teacher school” and invitations are extended to any member of the public wishing to join in the celebrations.
The Storeys and Mr Neumann will attend the community afternoon tea being held to commemorate the event on Thursday, October 28 at 2pm.
Traditional games will be played on the day including broom throwing, pumpkin throwing and bowling at a single wicket.