Romsey PS celebrates sesquicentenary

School Captains Josh and Emily, Picture: Joe Mastroianni

Pupils will dress in period costume as part of Romsey Primary School’s 150th anniversary celebrations this week.

Hundreds of past students are also expected to return for events including an open day, art show, family bush dance, tree planting and a time capsule ceremony.

Event spokeswoman Robyn Moore says two books, one of pupils’ art and a history written by a former principal, will be released on Thursday.

Children and staff members will dress up especially for an old-time school day on Friday.

‘‘We’ll also be doing old-time classroom activities so the kids will get a real taste of how school was in the 1860s and ’70s,’’ Ms Moore says.

Celebrations will culminate with an open day from 10am-4pm on Saturday.

People can tour the old school site on Main Street and the current site in Station Street, taking in displays of photos, memorabilia, art, food, a market, barbecue and Devonshire teas – before an official ceremony at 2.30pm.

For more details, phone 5429 5099 or email

Film night and picnic

Other community events coinciding with the anniversary include a movie night at the Mechanics Institute from 7.30pm on Saturday and a community picnic at the former school site from 11am-3pm on Sunday.

Choc-tops and Fantales will be available as part of the screening of the 1982 Australian film Dusty, which was filmed in and around Romsey.

Tickets: $4 adult; $10 family.