Timely way to acknowledge anniversary

THE tolling of a bell is once again reminding pupils at Fairfield Public School that daily lessons are about to start or finish.

A restored school bell mounted in a sturdy wooden frame is a noticeable new feature in the school's playground.

The bell's restoration is one of numerous events organised to help mark the school's 125th anniversary.

Principal David Smith said the school's general assistant Robert Taylor spent many hours on the restoration.

"It is rung every day to start and finish the day," Mr Smith said.

Last week, the school's leadership team was inducted into their roles and were presented with badges by the Public Education relieving director, Daryl McKay.

"This, our 125th year of operation, is a significant year to be inducted into these roles," Mr Smith said.

"Part of the leadership teams duties will include the daily ringing of the restored school bell."

Fairfield Public School is located in the heart of the Fairfield, with an enrolment of 611 students.

Ninety-eight per cent of its pupils have a non-English speaking background and 25 per cent of pupils are from refugee backgrounds.

The school was opened in 1889 by Sir Henry Parkes.

The school will hold a special anniversary assembly and cake cutting on February 25, at 12.30pm.

Details: fairfield-p.schools.nsw.edu.au.

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