Final farewell for Commercial Road

Past and present students and teachers will unite later this month to farewell Morwell’s oldest primary school as it prepares to shut its doors.

Commercial Road Primary School, established in 1879, will cease to exist at the end of this school term, with its staff and students relocating to the Morwell Central Primary School.

Before the bell rings for the final time, the school community will come together on 22 November for one last hurrah to celebrate and reflect on the past 137 years. The reunion and open day, primarily driven by the school’s current students, will take attendees on a trip through time with the opening of a time capsule, historic classroom display and an iconic school production first performed in the early 1990s.

Students have been organising the farewell festivities since the start of the second semester, working in five groups covering all aspects of the event and its planning. Student Sienna, who has organised a school timeline, said a lot of work was put into compiling the school’s historic data for the open day.

“It was hard to find the research because a lot of it was done a long time ago,” she said.

“We went back and started from the start. The timeline includes athletic days and awards from the past and all the key dates.”

Other student-driven activities and displays planned for the celebration include interviews with past principals and dux students, the creation of site maps and information booklets and school tours.

Commercial Road Primary School’s reunion and farewell celebration will be held on Tuesday, 22 November from 2pm to 6pm.

All past and present students, staff and families are invited to attend. The following days, on 23 and 24 November, students will take to the stage at the Morwell Central Primary School Performing Arts Centre for their final school concert, ‘Kids in Paradise’. Tickets are free but are capped at six per family.

Concert times are Wednesday, 23 November at 6.30pm and Thursday, 24 November at 1pm (matinee) and 6.30pm.

For more information on the open day, or to book concert tickets, phone the school on 5134 2329.