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Celebrating Palmyra Primary School's Centenary in 2013

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Discount centenary books this Sunday.

Hello everyone, you haven’t heard from us in awhile, but just to let you all know that Centenary books will be on sale at a special price of $30 at the Sunday Farmer’s markets tomorrow at the school, from 8.30 till midday.

Plus you can always pick up a copy at this rate from the school office if you have correct money.



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Photos of the day – do you have any?

Many photos were taken on the Centenary day by the public and we’d like to showcase them on the Pally website.

Want to contribute your own snaps of the fabulous day? Please do!

See the first batch of images here ->

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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.

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Some memories from Carol Eaton (nee Widdicombe)

Grade 7, 1963
3 generations of Carol’s family attended Palmyra Primary School.
Henry Joseph Widdicombe, Carol Widdicombe and Mark Eaton.
Henry Joseph attended in c1913 at the Tamar Street Hall but not sure for how long. Carol attended in 1957 – 1963. My son Mark attended in 1979 – 1980.
My grade one teacher was Miss Moss. She was a white haired gentle lady. Close to retirement I think.
There were 3 classrooms of grade 7 students in 1963 comprising of approximately 30 students per class.
I would walk to and from school every day and go home for lunch as I lived only a few streets from the school. It was safer then.
We didn’t  have a uniform, except a sports uniform which was worn every Friday on Sports day. The uniform for girls was a tunic in blue and red trim. On sports carnivals we wore faction T shirts and white shorts.
All my siblings attended Palmyra Primary. Valerie, Raymond, Laurel and Merlene. My sister Valerie attended in 1942. She said the school was quite small. There was only the wing that faced Aurelian Street then.
It has certainly grown over the years.