Public artist Pamela Denise, Coutts Crossing Public School students Madiline Brotherson, Gracie Pitkin and Max Fuller and school principal Matt Hankinson in the bus shelter which will be transformed into a mosaic to celebrate the school’s centenary. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
Public artist Pamela Denise, Coutts Crossing Public School students Madiline Brotherson, Gracie Pitkin and Max Fuller and school principal Matt Hankinson in the bus shelter which will be transformed into a mosaic to celebrate the school’s centenary. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Coutts Crossing School celebrates centenary

COUTTS Crossing Public School has been educating students for 100 years; a feat principal Matt Hankinson says is largely due to community support.

"We have a small-school, family-like feeling here at Coutts," he said.

"Our centenary celebrations will bring the community together to celebrate the milestone."

Prior to the school opening in Coutts Crossing on November 18, 1913, there were many half-time small schools in the surrounding area.

"The parents felt they weren't getting a good deal out of the half-time schools that were intermittently closed depending on staff," Mr Hankinson said.

"They wanted a permanent, full-time school in the area."

The Burragan, Toothill and Blaxland's Flat half-time schools were closed to allow the Coutts Crossing Provisional School to be opened.

The school began in the Coronation Hall in Coutts Crossing's main street, before a single room school building was eventually constructed at the school site in July 1914.

The school was soon re-classified from a provisional school to become Coutts Crossing Public School.

"Coutts Crossing started small but it has become the central hub for this area," Mr Hankinson said.

Campaigning to have the school opened in the early days was later reflected with ongoing support from the community; the driving force behind the school.

A weekend of celebration will be held on Saturday, November 16 at Coutts Crossing.

With centenary displays, a church service and a bush poem being recited, there should be plenty to jog the memories of years gone by.

"Bush poet Bill Kearns will do a colourful bush poem highlighting different aspects of our history," Mr Hankinson said.

A book on the history of the school will be launched at the weekend of celebration.

Organisers are also seeking photographs from the school's earlier years, and can scan and return photographs immediately.

An open invitation has been extended to all the community, especially those with ties to Coutts Crossing Public School.



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