Wentworthville Public School celebrates 125th anniversary

Past and present: Wentworthville PS principal Denise Lockrey and captains Harthik Chamarthy and Manaswi KC met ex-principal Harry Hyland. Picture: Simon Bennett

Past and present: Wentworthville PS principal Denise Lockrey and captains Harthik Chamarthy and Manaswi KC met ex-principal Harry Hyland. Picture: Simon Bennett

It began with 17 pupils following a community campaign for a school.

Today, Wentworthville Public School consists of 500 pupils and remains on the same Fullagar Road block of land where it opened 125 years ago.

Past and present pupils and staff came together to celebrate its quasquicentennial anniversary last week.

Celebrations included a memorabilia room, speeches from the eldest and youngest pupils and a family picnic.

“It was a positive day. There were ex-pupils here from the 1940s and 50s,” principal Denise Lockrey said.

Harvey Murray was the first teacher at the school with 17 children enrolled in its first week. It grew to 22 after a month and rose to 31 by the end of the first year.

The first P & C committee was established in 1920.

Mrs Lockney received a handwritten letter from former pupil Lucie Watson (nee Young), who attended the school in the 1930s.

“What a milestone to be proud of – to all past and present student, staff and all who have taken care of this great old school of ours,” Mrs Watson wrote.

Mrs Lockrey reminded the pupils to remember their school with pride.

“As I read through much of the history of Wentworthville and talk with ex-students and friends of Wentworthville, there is a common theme that people truly feel that Wentworthville Public School or as we affectionately call the school, Wenty holds a special place in people’s hearts and memories.”

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