50 YEARS: Current principal Susan Booth and first principal Lyndsay Barton cut the cake at Quinalow’s school celebrations.
50 YEARS: Current principal Susan Booth and first principal Lyndsay Barton cut the cake at Quinalow’s school celebrations. Jessica Bahr

Quinalow celebrates 50 years

WHILE some things in Quinalow have changed over the past 50 years, the community and school spirit is not one of them.

Hundreds of past and present students and teachers travelled from far and wide on Saturday to reunite and celebrate 50 years of the Quinalow Prep-10 State School’s secondary department.

The celebrations were even attended by 90-year-old Lyndsay Barton, who was principal at the 1966 opening.

Current principal Susan Booth said the supportive nature of the Quinalow school and community set it apart from others.

“I’ve only been here for two and a half years but will be here for a few more, and that’s because the community has been so welcoming,” she said.

“The kids are really well behaved and the P&C are great; they don’t do things by halves.

“The set-up for the reunion was like a beehive of activity, it was amazing how much work everybody put in.”

The hard work certainly paid off, with some attendees travelling from as far as Canberra and Darwin to attend.

The day included musical entertainment, market stalls, lunch, and re-creating class photographs.

A number of families present had been a part of the school for many years, with one having five generations of Quinalow students.


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