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100 years of public school education on Russell Island will be celebrated on Saturday, October 1, with a big day of fun, activities, and reflection.

The Russell Island State School came into being in March, 1916, and it has been serving the children, families and community ever since.

To mark the centenary, the Russell Island State School of today has been working for months on a suitable itinerary to recognise the significant milestone in an appropriate manner.

Saturday, October 1 celebrations will start at 8am with a Breakfast and registration at the school tuckshop and the market stalls on the school oval will get underway. The market stalls will run all day with nil cost to any community/ not for profit groups/organizations.

At 9.30am to the Official Opening will be held in the lower assembly area. Then the morning continues with feature classroom displays ‘Old and New’ in the Year 2 building, while the P&C will be selling Devonshire teas.

At 12 noon there will be entertainment with dance, music and other performances in the lower assembly area.

At 12.30pm a soccer game will be played on the school oval with students and parents.

At 1.45 pm a special Time Capsule ceremony will be held where several items, including this edition of The Friendly Bay Islander, will be buried for re-opening in another 100 years!

Afternoon entertainment will include Oriels Belly Dancers, music by a RISS parent Chris Price, drumming group of RISS students and Chappy Keith, and songs from the decades 1910's-2010's performed by RI students.

At 2pm, for those who wish, there will be an Island Tours including a visit to the Museum ($2)

The day will conclude with a Dinner Dance to be held at the Russell Island RSL Club with live entertainment by "The Occasionals". The lead singer from this band is Brad Roberts, an ex RISS Principal.

The organisers welcome as many former students as possible to attend the opening and dinner event.

For further information you can ring the school on 34009333 or Meg 0478740057 or email: