Support for 125th anniversary plans

Plans to celebrate Millers Flat School's 125th anniversary next year are off to a flying start.

"Overwhelming" support was shown at a meeting to gauge interest in the celebrations, planned for Labour Weekend 2011, school principal Chris Smith said.

"The idea with the meeting was to see if we forge on with plans for the celebration, and we received overwhelming support, with 20 people at the meeting and apologies from more people that want to help," he said.

"Judging by the reaction, the celebration will be very successful."

The school has a roll of "37 pupils - and growing".

A steering committee was set up, with Norman Roos as chairman and Susan Beel as secretary.

A further meeting will be held in a month.

Mr Roos said Millers Flat was a strong, supportive community and the school was thriving.

"When I attended the school centennial almost 25 years ago, there were quite a few school closures going on and I thought if we got to 125 years, we'd be lucky.

"To reach that milestone is great, and that's why we need to celebrate the occasion," he said.

The proposed Clutha Gold Trail, a 73km walking and cycling trail from Roxburgh to Lawrence, would be good for the district.

"The Government and community are right behind it and there will be spin-offs for the school, once that goes ahead," Mr Roos said.


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