Come celebrate with us on 21st October, 2022

What a wonderful 50 years it has been

What an incredible milestone for our school to be heading towards in 2021; 50 years old!. We incredibly excited about the opportunities this celebration presents for Albany Rise. It is a time to reflect and acknowledge the impact of the many educators, administrators and locals who worked to build such a fantastic school community over so many years.

As many of you would know, our school has provided a primary education for a relatively large number of our current parents, staff and some grandparents. Of course, for many of our ‘more experienced’ ex-students, their memories may be of ‘Northvale Primary School’, the former name of Albany Rise Primary School from back in the early 1990s. The school has provided rich memories for families who established their lives in Mulgrave over 50 years ago, some of whom are still neighbours to the school and who can recall a time when the school was just an empty paddock amongst newly built houses!

Over the coming weeks and months leading to our ‘Big 50th plus 1 Celebration’ in 2022, We encourage all our families, old and new, to engage with the articles
being shared in the newsletter each week, to share the stories that have created our schools’ history, and ‘jump on board’ this opportunity to continue to create a positive history for our school community.

There will be upcoming articles and ‘snippets’ from the past, including some aerial photos showing the development of the school site over time. We are also encouraging past and current students to share their own stories, and all community members can take part in the logo competition currently underway.

We are so looking forward to celebrating our 50th plus 1 with all our ARPS families

Parents Association Reflection – 50th Anniversary

I have been a part of the ARPS Parents Association for 5 years, having joined when my daughter started in 2016.
I have been the convenor of the association for the past 3 years. We have been involved in many aspects of school life, including Fresh Fruit Friday & Icy Pole sales, as well as volunteering at all the school based events, including the Fun Fiesta, School Production, Walkathon and Footy Colours Day
each September, raising funds for the Footy Colours Foundation.
We are a small committee group which plans all the activities, and rely on our school community to jump in and help at the events, which so many of them do!! We can’t thank them enough!!
One of our main objectives of the PA is Fundraising, and we have been very successful over the past couple of years raising much needed funds for the school.
In our last 2 years we have raised just under $50,000 combined, which is an awesome effort by our community.
Personally, I love being part of the PA. We have many standard events that happen each year, and then we come up with new ideas each year to keep it fun for the students. One major event we added was the Colour Explosion, which, I’m sure everyone would agree is so much fun, and is one event on
the calendar, that the students love the most!! I don’t think we could remove this event, even if we wanted to!! Although Mrs. Drew was hesitant to begin with, she has now become as excited as us all for the day!!
Unfortunately, in 2020 COVID has hit the Parents Association hard, forcing us to cancel all events for that year and majority of 2021. But we are determined to come back strong in 2022, and can’t wait to be a part of the 50th plus 1 Anniversary celebrations for Albany Rise Primary School!

– Melinda Towers

Ariel view 

The Albany Rise site started life as bushland. In 1963, there was nothing to see except grass and trees. However, by 1972, Northvale Primary
School had been built. Today that original building is the Years 2-6 corridor. The school office was part of the original building. The asphalt play areas are still at the school today.

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