Warrnambool’s King’s College has come up with a pearler of an idea to celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary at Saturday’s annual community fair.
In keeping with 30th anniversary tradition, the Parents’ Club has been transforming one of the classrooms into a pearl-themed room for children to explore.
Wendy Hayward, one of the founding College Council members, said it was Rene Draffen’s enrolment as the 20th pupil in 1986, which enabled the College to be registered.
And now, 30 years later, all five of her children – Isaac, Jordan, Josiah, Malachi and Levi - attend the College.
Mrs Hayward, who was instrumental in getting the College up and running, said that classes were held in the former St Joseph’s Primary School site in Lava Street, during its first year.
The following year, enrolments grew and they moved to their current site in Balmoral Road, where they erected two portable shop/office buildings that had come from Geelong’s Market Square.
“We had a pretty humble start,” she said.
“We were told Warrnambool didn’t need a Christian school or another school.”
But in 10 years, the College had grown 10-fold from 19 students on the first day to 190 a decade later, Mrs Hayward said.
Celebrations at the King’s College annual Community Fair on Saturday will centre around the anniversary, including a 30th birthday cake, but there will also be plenty of things for the kids to do.
There will be a Christmas-themed area for children, rides, kids’ dance workshops, plaster funhouse, games, face painting, animal nursery and The Big Dig, as well as craft, produce and market stalls.
There will be no end to the delicious choices for morning tea with King’s famous gourmet desserts, cakes, and a variety of lunch options for hungry tummies.
The students will also showcase their musical talent with the College’s pipe, concert and jazz bands taking to the outdoor stage.
The fair will run from 10am until 3pm on Saturday.