Last week, two events made me re-realise what a wonderful place Marrickville is, and how many amazing people live here.
1 – Captain Chatterbox attends Marrickville Public School, which celebrated its 150th birthday on Wednesday. Parents were asked to donate food for the celebratory luncheon, and their generosity overwhelming – talk about groaning tables!
The festivities included a parade around the nearby streets, and it was heartwarming to see local residents and workers coming out to watch the students and teachers in their fabulous costumes. I’d like to give a special shout out to The Henson. Already a huge supporter of our school, they filmed a portion of the parade as it went by and posted it on their Facebook page.
The staff worked tirelessly for months to ensure the success of the day. Two of our parents produced a book, “A History of Marrickville Public School”. The P&C created a school cookbook, “Melting Pot”, using recipes supplied by our school community. Overall, it was a sensational day, and I felt proud to be a part of it.
2 – Captain Chatterbox’s first soccer season with Fraser Park FC concluded this week. His team, The Cannonballs, was coached with skill, enthusiasm and unfailing patience by Paul Flanagan. Our boys’ parents were so dedicated to showing their support, enduring cold, rain and fog during weekly training sessions and games, not to mention supplying revitalising half-time orange segments and end-of-game treats.
We decided to celebrate the end of the season with dinner and drinks in the bistro of The Golden Barley. We took over about a third of the total space across three long tables. It would not surprise me if its “kid-friendly” policy ends – the kids’ table looked as though a garbage bin had been upended on it when we departed. Once again, Coach Flanagan’s commitment to his team was displayed via a stirring speech, customised player medals, and a booklet containing the game bulletins written after each and every game.
Thank you, Paul – enjoy the scotch!
I have made many new friends this year by getting involved in the school and the soccer. I have always loved living in Marrickville, and have been fascinated by the changes it has undergone in the nine-and-a-half years I have resided here, but for the first time I really feel like part of the community. Thank you to all the amazing people who have made that possible.