Sydney Adventist School Auburn Celebrates 100 Years
Sydney Adventist School Auburn celebrated 100 Years in Adventist education on the 22nd of July this year. Over 400 people attended the celebratory event and the school’s campus buzzed with people throughout Sabbath day and evening events.
Sydney Adventist School Auburn’s Principal, Danyel Efstratiou, says it was so exciting to see so many who were once a part of the school being reunited.
“I was so happy to see so many people come and join us on the day, young and old, to honour those who worked through blood, sweat and tears to help create the school that is still standing after 100 years. I was very humbled and blessed.”
The morning service included reflections from alumni as guest speakers who shared how their time at the school impacted them long after they had left. Daryl Murdoch, Adventist Schools Australia (ASA) Director, was also a guest speaker during the morning service and highlighted the achievement this was for Adventist education in Australia and the small primary school.
Special items were performed by the schools’ choir, Auburn Pathfinders and singing duo L&C; a timeline and video highlighting the history of the school and its role over the past century. Many old photos were shared, which had the audience reminiscing, smiling and laughing throughout the service as images of their school and their history flashed across the screen.
Ms Efstratiou shared, “I think what really stood out to me on the day was being able to see some of my ex students who are now in their final year of school. I was overwhelmed with emotion and happiness to see them and hear of their fond memories of the school and me as their teacher.”
The afternoon consisted of a catered lunch, cake cutting, and plaque unveiling by Pr Michael Worker, Union Secretary and former Greater Schools Conference President, and Luke Foley, Leader of the Labour party in New South Wales, to commemorate 100 years of the school. Luke Foley delivered a speech before the unveiling to commemorate the longstanding place the school has held in the Auburn community. In his letter to the school he wrote
“We are so fortunate here in Auburn that this community has been served by an Adventist School continuously for over a century.”
Time was set aside in the afternoon for friends and family to catch up and reflect over their time, before a BBQ was held in the evening and an evening program of performances was hosted by the school to highlight the multicultural diversity of the students, families, and communities that make up Sydney Adventist School Auburn. The celebration was made possible through the work of the planning committee, school staff, and countless others who came together to make the day memorable.