LIFE at Echuca South Primary School isn’t quite as Buster Taylor remembers.
The former student felt a sense of bittersweet nostalgia when he returned to the school on Monday, happy to see it again but sad it would soon be gone forever.
A merger that will see the school join with Echuca West Primary School at another site and under a new name means Echuca South Primary School will be only a memory.
Buster was part of the maiden crop of grade six students who started at the school in 1971.
And he took the opportunity on Monday, ahead of the school’s celebration day, to share some memories with his grandson, Jake Fell, who is among the final batch of grade six students to don the South uniform.
Buster was amazed at how much the school had expanded since he left.
‘‘I can’t believe how big the school itself has got and the area around it. It all used to be so small,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m very sad to see it go because it’s the end of an era.
‘‘But I’m glad Jake got to experience the school just like I did. I have fond memories here and I’m glad he got to make his own.’’
And while it may be unusual to some, lead teacher Leanne Marnie said multiple generations attending the school was nothing new.
‘‘The school always prided itself on building relationships with the community and we think having multiple generations come through the school is pretty awesome,’’ she said.
‘‘Our celebration day is a chance to take a walk down memory lane and say goodbye.
‘‘Primary school is a pleasant time for most people and it will serve as a chance to reconnect over those times.
‘‘We have kept the day informal and we hope to have lots of people walking around sharing memories.”
The school will hold a celebration day this weekend, with displays of old and new uniforms, photos and student registers.
It’s all happening on Saturday from 11am to 2pm at Echuca South Primary School.
For information, call the school on 54823024.