Flying high on Meekatharra School of the Air’s 60th anniversary

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Meekatharra School of the Air students Flynn Ford from Paroo, Casey Payne from Badja, Bella and Eliza Pumpa from Murgoo and Mitchell Pascoe frm Pullagroo. They are sitting in front of a commemorative montage of small plaques designed by various students and former student families.
Camera IconMeekatharra School of the Air students Flynn Ford from Paroo, Casey Payne from Badja, Bella and Eliza Pumpa from Murgoo and Mitchell Pascoe frm Pullagroo. They are sitting in front of a commemorative montage of small plaques designed by various students and former student families. Credit: Geoff Vivian/Picture: Geoff Vivian, Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Meekatharra School of the Air’s teachers, parents and students gathered on Saturday to mark the school’s 60th anniversary at its Bluff Point premises.

Principal Christine Bevans said about 100 people came on the day.

“We had a wonderful turnout from people that have travelled from all over the State to be here,” she said.

“We’ve had a past student from 1962, a home tutor from 1969, and current students and parents as well.”

The school opened in a room of the Meekatharra Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1959, and relocated to Beachlands Primary School campus after a 2006 fire.

The current building, opened in 2011, has four teaching staff and several non-teaching staff.

Teacher Lisa Capewell said past and present students were all invited to contribute to a composite commemorative mural by designing a small ceramic tile.

Celebrations were due to continue until today as all current students were invited to a camp.

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