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March 28th 2012
Magnetic Island set to celebrate Horseshoe Bay School's reunion

Magnetic Islanders and any visitor keen to experience a real slice of Island nostalgia, fun, sport and commemoration will need to set the weekend of May 26 & 27 aside for the much-awaited, Horseshoe Bay State School Reunion with Bay of Origin Rugby and Junior AFL footy matches and loads more.

The event, about which we will be hearing more in the future, is set to draw old faces back to Magnetic from many distant parts.

Here is the poster which is now circulating.



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Magnetic Island set to celebrate Horseshoe Bay School's reunion
 
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chasmac
March 27th 2012
This is a little story about the Horseshoe Bay school from Ross Woodger, published in the Magnetic Island State School 75th Jubilee booklet:
"In January 1972, I was appointed as Principal of Horseshoe Bay State School. Unfortunately Cyclone Althea had struck the area in Christmas 1971 and instead of having 33 students at Horseshoe Bay I found only 11. Many families at the bay had left the Island due to cyclone damage. Following discussions with the Horseshoe Bay school families, and with the official opening of the new school building at Nelly Bay in April, 1972 by Sir Allan Fletcher, Minister for Education, Horseshoe Bay State School closed in May 1972 and its students transferred to Nelly Bay. Soon afterwards the (Nelly Bay) school was renamed Magnetic Island State School as it had become the only school on Magnetic Island." (PIcnic Bay school had closed about 1970).

Ross Woodger, District Director, Townsville North and West Education District, 1999


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