‘I’ll attempt not to weep’: After 141 years, it’s goodbye to Katunga South Main

In 1933, when Keith Hendy was 7 years of ages, he utilized to get driven the 5 kilometres from the household farm to school at Katunga South Primary. But not in an expensive vehicle. It was his 10-year-old bro, Mervyn, who would communicate Keith and their sis, Joan, 8, there and back in a little horse and cart. A ganger who lived next to the train line would scream woah Kid– Toddler was the horse’s name– when a steam train was coming. In the class, there was an open fire on cold days and no a/c in summer. The instructor scratched away in chalk on the chalkboard.

Mr Hendy keeps in mind playing marbles in the schoolyard. On Wednesday, Mr Hendy, now 95, a retired farmer from Numurkah, took a

sentimental journey back to Katunga South Main, 40 kilometres north of Shepparton, which will close for excellent after 141 years on December 17. Mr Hendy’s daddy, John Hendy, called Don, went to in the 1890s.

Keith Hendy’s great-grandson, Wyatt Hendy-Smith, 12, who gets to school

by bus and utilizes a laptop computer in class, is among simply 3 trainees now at the school. Wyatt’s daddy, Robert Smith, stated the household selected to send him there and not to close-by Katunga Main School, which has 85 pupils. Mr Smith likes that kids get additional attention– Katunga South has 2 instructors and 2 workplace personnel– and he likes its sense of a close community. Wyatt and schoolmates William Barnes and Corey Cook, both likewise 12, state they are great friends. They can play their own music over the speaker system as long as it does not have excessive swearing, stated William. In the school premises

there are a football oval, a basketball and tennis court, a big play area, a cubby home

, chooks and the pit– a previous quarry. I’m unfortunate that nobody else will get to come here, Wyatt said. Katunga South Main principal of twenty years Elizabeth Oudeman, who is retiring after being an instructor for 49 years, stated she would attempt not to weep when she hosts an early morning tea for the neighborhood to farewell the school at 11am on Friday. The other instructor, Wayne Smith, is retiring after 47 years in the profession. Mrs Oudeman stated to close such a little school was the ideal choice for kids’s education. While the kids got an excellent scholastic education, they lost out on camps, forming sports groups, playing in a band, and simply blending with various kids. The school council had actually decided and the neighborhood had actually accepted it. It’s not an unfortunate thing.

It’s not the federal government shutting us down, Mrs Oudeman said. The school will enter into the history books with grace and self-respect.

We’re letting it go without being informed to do so. On our terms. Fascinating responses to bewildering concerns provided to your inbox each week.

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