Lara Garry, Liana Finnegan and Lilly Hamilton wound fashion back to the early days at Wonthaggi North on Friday. J074312.

STUDENTS and staff at Wonthaggi North Primary School kicked off the school’s centenary by dressing up in clothes of yesteryear on Friday. Students from Grade Prep through to Grade 6 got into the spirit of the celebrations across the weekend, which were started by the dress-up day on Friday. The festivities focused on past students and staff with a ‘Big Night Out’ at the Wonthaggi Club on Friday night. The big weekend continued with celebrations at the school on Saturday, which included roll call, school tours, burying a time capsule, photo displays, cake cutting and afternoon tea. Principal Matt McKittrick said the school was thrilled with the response to the weekend’s festivities. “We had a massive turnout of over 350 adults plus 100 kids, which was more than we expected,” Mr McKittrick said. “The oldest former student was in attendance on Saturday, 96 year-old Frederick Richards; Mr Richards with our youngest student, Harry West cut the centenary cake together. “Frederick recalled the days of walking to Wreck Beach to see the washed up whale, which jaw bone now sits out the front of the Wonthaggi Hotel. “He also recalled seeing the present site of Wonthaggi North Primary School being cleared by hand to enable the building of the new school.” Humorous and historic speeches were also given by former principals Ron Fletcher, Robert Hayward and Paula Cross. Musical performances by the students entertained the large crowd as visitors were guided around the school by the current and well informed school leaders; many visitors were impressed with the school’s development over the past 100 years. “A large amount of memorabilia was placed in a time capsule that will be opened in 25 years,” Mr McKittrick said. “We had amazing photo displays, newspaper clippings and digital displays; they captured the attention of all with some people spending hours reminiscing about the ‘good old days.’ “The day was extremely successful and thanks all who attended and worked hard to make it such a great day.”