By Mick Jensen
At 93, Janet Woods is Lagmhor School’s oldest living former pupil, and among those looking forward to school centennial celebrations next year.
Still living in her own home and in general good health, Mrs Woods enjoyed two stints at Lagmhor school in the early 1930s.
In her first stint at the small country school she was in a class with her older siblings Jean, Vince, Robert and Winifred.
The family lived in a cottage on the nearby Lagmhor Estate and the youngsters walked the two kilometers to school each day.
“My memories of the school are a bit sketchy. I remember one of my teachers was a Miss Saunders and there was only one main school building in those days.
“The school was nothing like it is today – it’s just beautiful these days,” Mrs Woods said.
She said when her father had moved to a farm at Greenstreet she had moved schools, but returned for a second stint at Lagmhor before moving again to Westerfield School.
Mrs Woods paid a visit to her alma mater at Lagmhor last week and met staff and pupils and also enjoyed a brief tour.
She attended celebrations to mark Lagmhor School’s 75th year in 1993 and enjoyed her trip down memory lane.
A special school history booklet compiled for that celebration will be updated for the centennial which is set for May 11-12 next year.
Centennial organising committee member Jarrod Ross said planning was well advanced to mark the milestone event.
Anyone with any form of association with the school over all the years was welcome to attend.
A meet and greet event at Hotel Ashburton would “break the ice” to start proceedings on the Friday, before a school visit, speeches and pot luck lunch the next day.
A dinner event at Hotel Ashburton would again feature speeches and a nostalgic look back at school history.
Mr Ross said he hoped that 250-300 people would be involved in recognising the school’s centennial.