Ipswich primary school celebrates 150 years of learning

Goodna State School has come a long way since the school’s first class was taught by Miss Augusta Draper on private property in 1870.

This year, past and present students and staff, reconnected to celebrate the school’s 150th birthday.

Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic said the whole community has a strong connection with the school and the families that attend.

“Goodna is continuing to grow and has a strong economic activity centre,” Cr Jonic said.

“Goodna State School plays a crucial role in ensuring excellence in education is available to this community.

“The school has taken the long history it shares with the region and built upon that to deliver first-class pedagogical curriculum and an extensive variety of cultural support to its students.”

Principal Nathan Eiby said success in educating the children of Goodna has not happened by chance or overnight.

“School life at Goodna has evolved from sitting in rows, dealing with the slate, the chalkboard and reciting our times-tables, to learning encounters using the latest technology, in dynamic learning spaces and critically looking at our world,” Mr Eiby said.

“To challenge and prepare students for future success, we depend on a passionate and dedicated staff who connect with students both as teachers and as their life mentors.

“We are extremely thankful to have the ongoing support of the families and community groups that partner and champion this school.

“As a community I wish for us to remain determined to produce the future generations of Goodna heroes, young people who aspire to be lifelong adult learners and leaders in our community.”

Contents of the 1995 time capsule

Goodna State School children 1928.
Image: Picture Ipswich

The school had planned many celebrations throughout the year, however COVID restrictions saw many events cancelled or changed.

A dinner was held for past and present staff and students and a birthday party was held at the school for students.

Various memorabilia has been made, which are mostly still available for purchase at the school office.

A 150 year anniversary magazine was put together and a time capsule was unearthed.

The time capsule was buried in 1995 as part of the 125th celebrations and contained various items such as the school rules, certificates, newspapers, drawings, school work and uniforms.

Current students have been hard at work creating various pieces of work to be buried in the 150 year time capsule which will be dug up in 2045.

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