150 years of change

Time for celebrations: Parkes Public school students display 150 in recognition of the 150th anniversary. Photo: Supplied.

Time for celebrations: Parkes Public school students display 150 in recognition of the 150th anniversary. Photo: Supplied.

Starting with just 13 boys and 15 girls, Parkes Public School has delivered quality education to Parkes and the wider community for 150 years. In 1868 Currajong School opened it’s doors before Parkes Public was established in 1876.

Looking Back: There would have been plenty of hijinks in Mr Cleary's boys 5th Class in 1961. Photo: Supplied.

Looking Back: There would have been plenty of hijinks in Mr Cleary's boys 5th Class in 1961. Photo: Supplied.

6th Form: By 1955 there was serious overcrowding issues with every class having 40 or more pupils. Photo: Warren Blatch.

6th Form: By 1955 there was serious overcrowding issues with every class having 40 or more pupils. Photo: Warren Blatch.

My Generation: Parkes Public has seen many multi-generation families come through it's doors including the Blatch family. Photo: Warren Blatch.

My Generation: Parkes Public has seen many multi-generation families come through it's doors including the Blatch family. Photo: Warren Blatch.

30 years of change: With new technology, changes in education since 1988 have been unprecedented. Photo: Warren Blatch.

30 years of change: With new technology, changes in education since 1988 have been unprecedented. Photo: Warren Blatch.

Reliving the past: In 1969 the Apollo space mission was on everyone's lips, especially teachers in Parkes. (L to R) Ros Jenkins, Mary McFall, Annette Tierney, Nonie Kennedy, Marg Jones, Sylvia Taylor, Denis Heffernan, Wendy Scott, Lorraine Kinsella, and Head Mistress Val Worthington. Photo: Marg Jones.

Reliving the past: In 1969 the Apollo space mission was on everyone's lips, especially teachers in Parkes. (L to R) Ros Jenkins, Mary McFall, Annette Tierney, Nonie Kennedy, Marg Jones, Sylvia Taylor, Denis Heffernan, Wendy Scott, Lorraine Kinsella, and Head Mistress Val Worthington. Photo: Marg Jones.

Room for Growth: There have been many changes and additions to the school over the past 150 years. Photo: Supplied.

Room for Growth: There have been many changes and additions to the school over the past 150 years. Photo: Supplied.

Sixty years in the making: Mrs Ruby Stack with her 3rd grade class from Parkes Public in 1957. Photo: Rob Houghton.

Sixty years in the making: Mrs Ruby Stack with her 3rd grade class from Parkes Public in 1957. Photo: Rob Houghton.