The sound of trumpet fanfare, drum rolls, and excited chattering could be heard at Lake Wyangan Public School when the community came to see the launch of their new schoolbell.
It's a traditional ship bell with a long and storied history, having originally rung in children at Bellawongarah Public School in 1874 and then Bilbul Public School from 1950 to 2012.
The familiar sound of the schoolbell brought back fond memories for old students and P&C members from Bellawongarah and Bilbul, who came to Lake Wyangan Public to usher in a new chapter for the bell's history.
The school's youngest Kindergartner Angela Westerlund was given the honours of ringing the bell for the first time, and soon there was a long queue of students eagerly awaiting their turn.
The sound of energetic clanging rang through the air all day long, and school principal Justin Dawson said the ceremony left him feeling "warm and fuzzy".
"This bell has connections all the way through the community, and it was good that everyone was there to ring it in," Mr Dawson said.
"When you can link people through their history and their future, that unites people."
It was a grand ceremony attended by Lake Wyangan P&C members past and present, Bilbul residents who erected the bell in 1950, and Aboriginal aunty Norma Ohara and Lisa Ohara.
The cost of setting up the bell was paid for by the Year 6 class of 2017, which fundraised the money as a parting gift to the school.
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