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Celebrating Palmyra Primary School's Centenary in 2013

A glimpse of the 70s

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Helen Verhoeff has converted this from an old Super 8 film – not the footage melodrama from Penguin Island Helen was hoping for, but looks like kids ready to go on camp.

Recognise anyone?


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Pre order your centenary book

As you may know, we’ve been crazily busy getting a Centenary book developed. It will include memories, history, family recipes and beautiful photos and is professionally produced.

It will be available in November, but we are accepting pre sales now. There will be limited numbers of the book, so this is a way to guarantee yourself a copy or two. It will be a lovely Christmas present too, for anyone in the Pally Community.

So, how can you pre- order?

There are a few ways.

1. Come along to the school this Sunday (April 14) during the weekly farmer’s markets (9 – 12pm)  and we’ll have a stall there. This will be a chance to get the book at a discounted rate of $40 each (no postage, pick up from the school).

2. Pop into the school office and they’ll accept cash payments. If you come before the end of first term (April 19), the book will be available at the discounted rate of $40, but after that it will be $45 per book.

3. Or  if you can’t get to the school, pre order online, for $45 each with $13.40 for postage. Postage is delivery anywhere in Australia, and if you would like it sent internationally, we can arrange a quote for you. 

Pre order your book online here

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Can you fill in the gaps?

We’re trying to produce a full list of P and C Presidents, but we’ve got some holes. Any ideas of anyone who was P&c president prior to 1983, or earlie 00’s?

1983       Mrs B A Wallin

1984       (No record on WACSSO file)

1985       Mrs B A Wallin

1986       Mrs J Harwood

1987       Mrs J Harwood

1988       Valerie Irving

1989       Valerie Irving

1990       Valerie Irving

1991       Karen Driscoll

1992       Karen Driscoll

1993       Bobbi Melville

1994       Bobbi Melville

1995       Karen Mueller

1996       ?????

1997      ?????

1998     ?????

1999     ?????

2000     ?????

2001    ?????

2003       Mike Wrenn

2004       Mike Wrenn

2005       David Jonas

2006       David Jonas

2007       Helen Mitchell

2008       Helen Mitchell

2009       Mark Whiting

2010       Jeni Taylor

2011       Ian Mitchell

2012       Lisa O’Malley

2013       Lisa O’Malley

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Palmyra Photoshoot – can you help?

We’ve made a lot of progress on the book, and we’re now at the stage where we’re having a photoshoot to take take photos of the recipes in the book, the school itself and children.

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the shoot and also for a loan of items that we can use as props. It is happening next week, Mon 8 – Wed 10 April at the school.

Volunteer your time

We need to fill the following spaces, so if you have some time, we’d love your help:

Monday 8 April

  • 2-3 people needed to help move trestle tables and all of the props ready to start shooting the next day.  Hopefully this will only take a couple of hours in the morning after school drop off.

Tuesday 9 April

  • Need one more person to receive food 8.30 – 10.30am
  • Need more people to take over after the first shift of helpers finish at 3pm

Wednesday  10 April
This is planned to be a shorter day than Tuesday but again, the finish time is unknown until the day so any after school (childless), or after dinner helpers would be greatly appreciated

  • 2 people needed to receive food 8:30-10:30am
  • Need one more person from the start of the day (8.30am) for as long as possible (up to 2.30pm or longer      if able!)
  • Need more people to take over after the first shift of helpers finish.

Props needed – Calling all collectors!

We’re also still in need of many, many props. If you look through any foodie mag you’ll notice that every photo contains different props so you can imagine just how many things we’re looking for.  The book will have a rustic/organic feel, so if you have items that will fit this, we’d love to hear from you.

Some items we’re specifically looking for…

birds nest
old kitchen chopping boards
old cutlery
old wire racks
old preserve jars, various sizes
pint milk bottles
old wooden handled knives/forks
baking paper
various string, creams, browns etc
old sieves
old rolling pins
old baking trays/cake tins/muffin tins
old scales
old recipe books
Any old Palmyra newletters/fete flyers etc
old wooden boards/floorboards to look like a table
white washed boards/floorboards
old tongs/utensils
old cake stands
ammunition boxes
old leather trunks/lunch boxes/eskies
hessian/linen tableclothes/napkins/material/ any earthy colours.

We will be having a drop off of items this Sunday at the school from 2 -4pm.

Who to contact

Please contact Di Norris if you can contribute on or on 0409 454 341. Please contact her first to discuss your items, or ideally, send her through a photo of what you have. Contact Di too if you can help out on the day and she’ll work out a spot on the roster for you.