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Lockleys Gala Day Celebrating 100 Year Milestone

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by Natalie Jensen (subscribe)
I love connecting with community, following years of travel to far away places. I believe in sustainability. Intuitive dance, and mind/body practices keep me blissfully healthy. Hoping to share unique people's stories with you.
100 year Gala is all about food, fun, games, & Andrew Baine
If you're looking for something to do during the day on Saturday, November 5th that's fun, free and family friendly, Lockleys Primary School at 29 Elston St., Brooklyn Park has a great event that you are all invited to.

To celebrate their centennial year, Lockleys Primary is holding its Gala Day between 10am-2pm on Nov. 5, with a jam-packed schedule of activities, refreshments, special guests and free handouts.

There you can leap against a Velcro wall, go on a jumpy castle, learn some traditional centuries old games organised by the students and teachers, and check out a multitude of stalls set up around the school grounds to peruse anything from treasures, plants, organic produce, and of course cakes!

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Don't let the clothes fool you. These are present day Lockleys Primary students acting like kids in 1916, looking happy to help out with daily chores! Image courtesy of Andrew Baines

Members from Adelaide's premiere Baseball League, Adelaide Bite will be there handing out free passes to South Australian baseball games. Founded in 2010, Adelaide Bite are growing from strength to strength recently moving to new premises at West Beach, and raising the profile of baseball in Australia.
AMF Bowl will also have bowling and laser skirmish passes to give away. You can even challenge yourself to some of your finest alley technique. See if you can get a strike on AMF's portable bowling alley!

So what was life like in schools 100 years ago? This will be a terrific opportunity to have a little taste of history on the school grounds. The students of Lockleys Primary have recreated games that were played a century ago. There's a timeline created with Tomboy stitch so you can learn about what has happened in the last 100 years. If you don't know what Tomboy stitch is, come and find out. You may even learn a little about how to do it yourself.
Enjoy homemade lemonade, which is nothing like the fizzy drink you get at the local shops today. Made with real lemons, this is a great thirst quencher. My family enjoys an old style lemonade in the summertime when we can borrow enough lemons from friends with big trees. Very refreshing and tangy and also super sweet.
Enjoy a 'deLIGHTful' Devonshire tea. I'm sure many of you know, and eagerly anticipate a yummy scone with jam and cream on any occasion, and a lovely sip of tea. Some things just never go out of style!

Devonshire Tea, a traditional English style refreshment that never goes out of date. Image courtesy of Liyster

Added entertainment will be a Punch and Judy show. Shockingly funny, and surprisingly violent were some of these old puppet shows. To think the first recorded performance of Punch and Judy was in 1662 in England with a plaque to commemorate the very famous show in Covent Garden. The first recorded show was performed by an Italian puppeteer, Pietro Gimonde. It's a historical performance that would fascinate those in the arts, politics, media, anyone who wants to be entertained, and social workers too I'd imagine! If you get to experience this show 354 years after its first appearance, I'm sure your puppeteer on the day will be happy to answer any questions you have about the origins of Punch and Judy.

A Punch and Judy show performed at Swanage, Dorset, England. Image from wikipedia public domain

More fun can be had in the photo booth available for you to record images of yourself and friends or family. Get dressed in historical accessories and put on your best serious expressions, because you know that's how it was done 100 years ago. All very sombre, not a lot of 'selfies' in 1916 but wouldn't it be fun to dress in centuries old garb, and do 'duck face'? Peace!

You will love the multicultural foods on offer, from many countries representing the school diversity.

Have a look at raffle prizes as well, and put your name down for some silent auction items.

Lockleys Primary School is a small school with a truly huge heart. It has so much happening right now to celebrate its centennial Gala on Saturday, November 5th between 10am-2pm.

This is for the whole community to come and celebrate. It will be a beautiful step back in time.

Go and check out the main building which had an extension added some years ago, cleverly blending the original heritage style through skilled engineering and design. See if you can spot the difference in architecture yourself while visiting the school. Some clues might be found in the chimney and windows installed.

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The main building at Lockleys Primary was extended and upgraded. Can you see the difference between old and new? Image by Natalie Ermer Jensen

Lockleys Primary earlier this year had the great honour of being photographed by renowned Australian artist Andrew Baines to commemorate their 100 year milestone.

100 years ago, a classroom at Lockleys may have looked something like this. Image courtesy of Andrew Baines

Teachers and students alike dressed in historical costumes, got into character, and the result is some amazing dramatisations of what Lockleys Primary School may have looked 100 years ago. On the day, peruse for yourself the quite haunting images, beautifully captured by this celebrated artist and photographer.

Save the date, Saturday, November 5th between 10-2pm. It's at Lockleys Primary School - 29 Elston St., Brooklyn Park(not to be confused with Lockleys North the baby sister, at a mere 56 years old). And funds raised will go toward the continued development of their one-of-a-kind nature playground, designed and built predominantly by skilled parents and staff, featuring a natural water pump, canal, large sandpit, balance logs, and a world of nature to explore.

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Image of the new nature playground at Lockleys Primary School. Image by Natalie Ermer Jensen

Nature provides a playground that has never gotten old. So come to the Gala Day, discover some of the school's history, and local area, assume the look in the photo booth on the day, and you'll have something to remember for a very long time.

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Lockleys Primary School Gala Day on Saturday, November 5th 10am-2pm
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Why? free family fun, food and historical experiences
When: Saturday, November 5th 2016 10am-2pm
Phone: (08) 8443 6103
Where: Lockleys Primary School, 29 Elston St, Brooklyn Park SA 5032
Cost: Free entry
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