Farewell to Mr and Mrs Lane
Grahame Thom email@example.com
Manning River Times and Advocate
Wednesday 18 July 1945, page 4
Farewell at Coopernook
From a Correspondent
the evening of the 29th June, a public farewell was tendered to Mr and
Mrs A O Lane on the eve of Mr Lane’s retirement from the Department of
Education as Headmaster of our public school. The large crowd of
friends and well-wishers packed the hall. The function the the form of
a social gathering and Rev L H Rolph, who is the President of the
Coopernook P & C Association, presided.
The whole of the
school children formed a very colorful guard of honor and Mr and Mr
Lane walked up the hall. Mrs Bird and Mrs Kenwell met the guests at the
door, and Mrs Bird presented Mrs Lane with a lovely bouquet which was
made by Mrs F Price and was much admired.
In his opening
address, the president spoke of the regret felt by all friends at the
departure of the guests of the evening. Mr Lane had been in charge of
the school for over eight years and much appreciation was voiced by the
people everywhere in town and district. Local people could look with
satisfaction and pride at the standard attained by the school during
the time Mr Lane has been headmaster. He was sure that not only the
parents, but all the pupils will be sorry to lose such a teacher and
friend. Mr Lane had conducted the school on special lines and always
with the greatest success. He congratulated Mr Lane, regretted
Coopernook’s loss, and wished the guests all the best in the years to
come. He hoped they would be long spared to enjoy the coming years of
retirement and prayed that God would abundantly bless them.
programme of musical items was tendered. Mrs C Blundell, who was
pianist for the evening, played in her usual pleasing manner; community
singing; song by Mr R Unicomb; pianoforte solo, Mrs H Anthony;
community singing; violin solo, Master R Tener; song, Mr V Unicomb;
quartette, Alec Anthony, Verlie Calvin, Loch Unicomb and Robert Tener;
song, Mr Treloar; tap dance; Marie Holstein; community singing; song,
Mr C Unicomb; community singing; song, Miss P Kedwell; community
singing; Miss P Holstein. The artists were all encored. Mr G Unicomb
conducted the community singing, which he carried out very well.
Bird thanked Mrs Blundell, also all the artists who made the evening
such a success. It was a lovely programme, there not being one dull
moment. On behalf of the teachers of the district, Mr Woodward,
headmaster, Jones’ Island Public School, said that he had known Mr Lane
during his eight years of service here and felt that they were losing a
conscientious teacher who always had the welfare of the children and
the school at heart. He had taken a great interest in the educational
matters and teachers generally knew they were losing a good
educationalist who had left his mark on the educational methods of our
State. On behalf of the teachers of the district he had pleasure in
conveying to Mr Mrs Lane best wishes for much happiness in the years
that lie ahead.
Master I Unicomb, in a very neat speech,
conveyed the appreciation and best wishes of the ex-students. He said
he thanked Mr Lane for what he had done while at school and since he
left. He wished Mr and Mrs Lane every happiness.
On behalf of
the pupils of the school, Maureen Loveday made a neat little speech and
made a valuable presentation to Mrs Lane. This was followed by a well
thought out speech by Barry Duke, who made a presentation to Mr Lane.
L H Rolph then, in a brief but most appropriate speech, asked Mr Lane
to accept the gift of a substantial wallet of notes in recognition of
his services and as a small token of respect and esteem in which he was
held. This was followed by much applause.
In responding, Mr
Lane, on behalf of himself and Mrs Lane, thanked the pupils and all
friends for the kind words expressed and for the gifts that they had
received. They would help to keep in memory particularly the happy
evening they were enjoying and the many years they had been in
Coopernook. Looking back over about fifty years of service he felt that
he had had a good innings, but felt too, quite fit to commence another
career which he intended to do. He intended going to Sydney, where the
whole of the family now reside. He mentioned that he would like to say
a word or two about education. True education had three phases -
education for life, education for livilhood or making a living, and
education for leisure. The schools are certainly doing their best about
the latter phases. But what about the first phase - education for life?
This seems to be left by the department to take care of itself. In
spite of the handicap of the present system, however, there are many
teachers who fearlessly and devotedly give the whole of their best. He
sincerely thanked the P & C Association for their assistance in the
past; particularly was he thankful for what Mrs A J Bird had done as
hon secretary of the P & C, and the Rev L H Rolph, as
president. He would like to put on record the splendid service that has
been given by Mrs E Atkins, the assistant of the school. She has proved
herself to be one of the best teachers in New South Wales and the
Department recognises this. Much of the success of the school has been
due to her splendid and efficient work. Again he wished to thank all
for what he considered one of the most enjoyable and happy evenings of
his life, for their words of appreciation and gifts. Lastly, Mrs Lane
joined him in wishing everyone the best of health and happiness for the
future, and concluded with the wish “And may God bless you all”.
items of the musical programme were applauded and many encores were
called for. The special items by the ex-students were much appreciated
by all, particularly by Mr and Mrs Lane. Everyone adjourned for supper,
which was much enjoyed by all. The Coopernook ladies provided the
supper, which was a credit to them.
Mrs Bird wishes to thank all the ladies who helped with supper, etc, also those who made the evening such a wonderful success.
Apologies were received from Mr and Mrs Price, Miss Hogg and Mr Hogg, Mr E Drury, Mr and Mrs W Hall.
After supper dancing until 12 o’clock ended an enjoyable evening.
Newton asked the audience to give Miss Bird three cheers for arranging
such an enjoyable evening and all joined in singing “For She’s a Jolly