The Pullenvale State School’s Bush Picnic

Pullenvale is a small town about 10 minutes from where I lived. When I say small, I mean small; it has a population of a little over 3,000. It also has a school.

That's the school building at the back.

That's the school building at the back, centre, behind the trees.

This school was established 135 years ago.

Pullenvale State School in 1874

Pullenvale State School in 1874

As you know, most schools have an annual event, normally called the school fete. But the Pullenvale State School’s annual event is called the “Bush Picnic”, and that is where we went on Sunday.

What was there?

When I arrived they had just started the auction……

The Auction

The Auction


The auctioneer was definitely on his game.

The first item in the auction sold for, I think, $775 and was $1,220 worth of Gold Coast holiday. The rest of the items up for auction were pretty good too, so I imagine they raised a fair amount of money, because all the items were donated by local businessmen.

Next, I noticed the camel rides……

The camel rides

The camel rides

But I was hungry, so I went off to one of the many stalls to find something to eat. Coincidentally, I could have bought a camel burger, but how could I? I’d just seen how much fun some camels could give to young children. So instead, I bought

A croc burger

My lunch

A croc burger!


They had some farmyard animals, including this cute little piglet….

This little piggy went to Pullenvale

This little piggy went to Pullenvale

A very long slide and, as you can probably make out in the forefront, a paper aeroplane throwing competition.

5 slide and paper throwing

Ready for take off!

That’s Beninoz just about to launch a paper plane into the air. He was there for hours, I’ve never seen him have so much fun. I’m thinking of buying him a sheet of A4 paper for Christmas.

They also had a train ride……

A train ride
A train ride

And they sold lottery tickets, now I’d never seen anything like this before……..

Pony poop compo
Pony poop lottery

Pick the square that pony will poop into and win a prize!

They also had live music, I can tell you that this band did a cracking version of “Whisky in the Jar”.

The band
The band

There was a 1925 Austin 20…..

1925 Austin 20
1925 Austin 20

And a puppet show…..

A puppet show
A puppet show

But best of all they had a makeshift pub……

A pub
A pub

And I had a beer….

My beer
My beer

All in all, plenty to do in a tiny little school in a tiny little town. I tip my hat to the Pullenvale State School for making such a fantastic effort. Way better than any school fete I went to in England. Oh, and entry?


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  • Sarah Kernahan November 19, 2009, 6:52 pm |

    Haha that is my school!, i am in grade seven and almost finished! just 84 hours of school exactly!
    really glad you made this website, pullenvale is a great school that doesn’t get enought publicity!
    -sarah k

    • BobinOz November 19, 2009, 9:47 pm |

      Hi Sarah
      Yes, I thought it was a great school too, nice to get that confirmed by a pupil, thanks for stopping by. Whilst you’re counting the hours, I reckon you’ll have only about 6,000 left when you start your new school. Haha!
      Wherever you go next, hope it’s as good as Pullenvale.

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