Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

For School the Bell Tolls; Final Day Ahead of Demolition

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

For School the Bell Tolls; Final Day Ahead of Demolition

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Byline: Graham Broadhead news@northernstar.com.au

THAT'S it: the last bell has rung at Ballina High School.

And there was little fanfare last Friday to mark the milestone for the school, which opened as an intermediate school in 1931.

It is to be demolished next year to make way for the new $40m Ballina Coast High School, which is an amalgamation of Ballina High and Southern Cross School 7-12, scheduled to open in 2019.

There were few students at Ballina High for the final day because lessons were swapped last week for working bees to pack things up ready for storage.

Some staff said it was strange to see the school so empty, and others cheekily took an opportunity to scrawl a message on the back of a toilet door, which will be gone forever once demolition work starts.

Year 10 students Harry Ellis and Andrew Newell were among the 15 or so children who turned up for the final farewell.

They recognised the nostalgia of leaving the spots where they have

sat for recess and lunch,

and farewelling familiar staff. …

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