ON the 29 and 30 September 2012 the extended Tomerong community came together to celebrate 150 years of public education in the village. The weekend was an outstanding success and we would like to extend our thanks to all those who participated. Photographs from the weekend have been placed on our Facebook site (Note- you do not need a Facebook account to see these photographs however you will need an account to place additional photos, information or comments). Follow this link to go to the Tomerong School 150 Facebook Site.

Our appreciation goes to many, including ; the visitors who attended from both far and wide and gave us such positive feedback; the axemen, both local and interstate (the NSW veterans won the title back from Tasmania); our sponsors without whom the event would have been much more difficult; the officials of the formal ceremony; the attendees of the Reunion Dinner especially those who recounted and reminisced on their experiences; the hardworking members of the events, displays, foodstalls and stalls; the children, parents and staff of the School and the Community Organisations that embraced the event (many who work behind the scenes but contribute to all community events); and, of course our P&C. Thank you to all. For the organisers the debrief date is Tuesday 16 October 2012.


This site will keep you informed of proposed events and will also provide an avenue for you to register your interest, contribute your ideas, volunteer your participation, support an event or just reminisce about your connections with Tomerong Public School. Contact us to contribute your ideas, memories and anecdotes or post a message on Friends Reunited, Facebook or the Tomerong School Sesquicentenary Blog. Our Facebook site will also be used for information and photographs. More information on these sites is on the Links page.

If you would like to register to be kept informed (by email) of the events on the weekend, then go to our feedback form or contact Tomerong Public School.


Bookings for the Reunion Dinner may now be made. Go to the Events page for more details.

Competitions, raffles and Items of memorabilia are available for purchase in conjunction with the celebrations. These include;

· Drawing Competition - All ages

· Sesquicentenary Raffle

· Tea Towel that includes student self portraits

· Recipe Book

· Commemorative Clay Pavers

· Commemorative Medallion

· Baking Competition, and

· Amusement Ride Discount.

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THANK you to all of you who have contributed photographs for the School Display and provided feedback on names of staff and students. These photographs will be on display together with the popular  Local History Photograph Display. Some class photographs are available for viewing on this site and an updated list is available on our facebook site accessible from the links page. If you can further assist us with photographs or information on locating our oldest surviving student or staff members please contact us.

A Reunion Dinner will be held in conjunction with the event. All past and present students, staff and parents are invited. See the events page for more details.

Please continue to contribute your ideas for events by attending meetings, email or posting on linked sites. If you have had any connection with Tomerong Public School, as a student, a parent, a staff member or as a member of the community, THIS IS YOUR CELEBRATION!.

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THE Tomerong Post Office will also celebrate 150 years of service in 2012.  It commenced operation on 1 March 1862 after several petitions from the locals to the Postmaster General. More information on the Post Office history is available on the Tomerong Local History site.



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Drawing competition

AN all age drawing competition is now open. Anyone can enter and you may submit as many entries as you wish. Follow this link for more details. Drawing Competition Entry. Winners will be announced on Saturday 29 September.



PRIZES include a cubby house valued at $1,145 (allaboutsheds.com.au), a weekend at Syl’s Sydney B&B in Rose Bay valued at $300, a house wash by Shire House Washing ($264) and vehicle service and repair by Jervis Bay Automotive to the value of $200. Tickets are available from the School, the Tomerong Markets, and will also be available on Saturday 29 September, when it will be drawn.



A Tea Towel celebrating the Sesquicentenary has been produced. The heavy duty linen tea towels are $12 each and  may be ordered via the School Office (02 4443 4376) or by using the Contacts page. The artwork on the tea towel features self-portraits from  the staff and students. Click on the image at the left to view a higher resolution copy.


Favourite Family RECIPEs & poems

THE Tomerong P&C, in conjunction with the Tomerong Public School, have created an art/recipe book to celebrate our 150th anniversary. This quality full colour spiral bound publication is only $20 and contains over 200 favourite local recipes, over 100 examples of student artwork, and also includes historical photographs, poems and more in its 166 pages. Once you see this publication you will want to buy some for friends and family as well. Orders are being taken at the School Office (or via Contacts page) and they will be available for sale on 29 September (if not sold out!). Get your orders in NOW!


150th pavers—design & order

IF you would like your name to go down in history, here’s your chance! You can purchase one, or more of these great pavers. They will become a permanent part of the school’s history, being laid in the schools grounds. You can choose either a standard paver with your name, or add your personal touch to a hand drawn paver. If you’re a past student or teacher, you may like to include the years you attended the school eg. Joe Bloggs Student 1997-2003. Orders for pavers will be accepted until 1 October 2012.


Click here to learn how to design your paver.


Click here to view the paver order form.


Order forms are also available from the school office. If you have any questions, please contact:
Bec Kingma on 0414 900 832 or


Commemorative medallion

ANTIQUE bronze medallions with a relief impression of the school (example at left) are being minted and will be available at the celebrations. These limited edition 50mm diameter medallions will be available for only $10 and may be collected on the day. Reserve yours via the contacts page. If you are unable to collect on the day contact us to make alternative arrangements.


Baking competition

THE  categories are:-

· Kindergarten—Year 2           Unbaked Slice

· Year 3 —Year 6                      Plain Iced Cup-Cake

· Up to 16 years                        Banana, Chocolate or Marble Cake

· Open (16++)                             Orange or Mud Cake

Entries to be dropped off to the School on Friday 28 September between 10 am and 3 pm. One entry per person per category and no packet mixes! Click here for the Baking Competition Entry Form


Amusement ride discount!

NOW is the time to get your tickets for the Fair Rides at a reduced price!! The rides will include Round  Up, Gladiator Duel, Inflatable Slide, Flintstone Cars, Cup & Saucer and Jurassic Park. Individual rides will be $5 each or $30 for an unlimited ride wristband on the day. Purchase your unlimited wristband early for only $25!! Purchase at the School Office or Contact us providing names and number of tickets . Cheques payable to Tomerong Public School P&C.



iN  exciting news the Sesquicentenary Woodchop will now include a re-match of last years New South Wales versus Tasmania Veterans Team Event. The title is currently held by Tasmania. The events will conclude on the Sunday. Come along and support your State! More details have been posted on the Events page.