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Students of Vistara Primary School in Richmond Hill, near Lismore, get ready to celebrate 25 years of neo-humanist education this coming Saturday from 12 to 4pm. Photo Melissa Hargraves

On Saturday October 27 Vistara Primary School will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at the school grounds.

Vistara Primary School is nestled up on Richmond Hill just outside of Lismore. The school follows neo-humanist education principles, which can be simplified to learning and caring about all living things.

The general public are welcome to join past and present students, teachers and their families to celebrate with music, yummy food, activities and presentations.

Vistara Primary School values nutritious food, which is displayed in their self-published cookbook that will be available to purchase on the day. Some of these delights will be sold during the celebrations along with other tasty creations. Current students will be operating their own stalls selling watermelon, ice-creams and lucky dips.

Also on the day, activities such as candle making, face painting, group games, live performances and formal presentations will be shared with everyone. The history of Vistara Primary School will be on display through a variety of media platforms.

Tom Ward is now 18 and almost finished Year 12 at Aquinas College, Ashmore, Queensland and looks back on his primary-school time at Vistara with great fondness.

‘I enjoyed the whole teachings around being loving and caring, spreading that word of complete acceptance, the whole vibe really,’ Tom said. ‘It was a beautiful time, and we focused on the importance of maintaining the environment, being good people with ethics and morals, that has given me a good base for my life today.’

Celebrations kick off at 12 noon on Saturday October 27 and go through until 4pm. Restricted parking is available so attendants are encouraged to utilise the free bus service available.

Buses leave from the John Crowther Carpark shelter on the corner of Woodlark and Dawson streets at 11.45am, 12.45pm and 1.45pm and will be returning from the school at 1.20, 3.20 and 4pm.

There will be a surprise water feature that will keep everyone cool.

This article was written by Media Studies students in years 5 and 6 at Vistara Primary School. They are Matilda Hrotek-Jones, Tanisha Van-Netten, Imogen Fuad, Cedar Boniface, Bridie Herman-Bromley, Sophie Black and Lilli Thorpe.

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