Withcott takes a look back

WITHCOTT State School celebrates its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, October 17 with a funday from 11am at the Withcott School and a Family Evening at the Withcott Sports Centre.

The original Withcott State School opened on August 6, 1912, and had the school not been forced to close in 1971 due to declining numbers the school would this year be celebrating its 97th birthday.

Soon after the original school closed, the population of Withcott began to grow rapidly and with it came community pressure for another school at the bottom of the Toowoomba range.

In 1977 a survey of families living at Withcott was taken and application was made to the Education Department for a new school.

In September 1978 six possible sites were selected.

The numbers of potential pupils were not quite high enough to swing a decision however, and it took concerted community effort, and two further surveys by the Withcott Progress Assoc. in 1979 and 1982 before the committee was able to secure support.

A great deal of it documented in the book Real Learning through Real Experiences, available at the school along with a 25th Anniversary Cook book, which holds the culinary secrets of local cooks.

The history of schooling at Withcott is inextricably bound to strong parental and community support, a feature of education in this area since 1912.

Dedicated effort by countless volunteers has ensured the development and continuing development of great facilities and beautiful grounds at Withcott State School.

Organisers hope to see past advocates, teachers, students and families of the Withcott school (both old and new) next Saturday, and look forward to hearing the warm reminiscences that make such aevents so enjoyable.


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