Willows celebrates a century

Willows elementary choir members sing and dance at an outdoor concert held as part of the school’s centennial family picnic Sunday on its Cadboro Bay Road playing field.

Willows elementary choir members sing and dance at an outdoor concert held as part of the school’s centennial family picnic Sunday on its Cadboro Bay Road playing field.

What is going on at Willows school?

If you drove down Cadboro Bay Road on Sunday, no doubt you noticed the masses of people dressed in red and white and gathered for something. Hundreds of current students and their families gathered together under sunny skies to celebrate the 100th birthday of the school with a family picnic.

Those present were treated to music from the band Waitin’ for Wally plus the Grade 4/5 choir, posed for heritage photos, had their faces painted, bounced in jumping castles and viewed interactive community art pieces.

Many 100th anniversary celebrations have taken place at the school this year.  The musical, “Willows Forever” was directed by music teacher Gail Evans and featured songs and stories from the past 100 years.

A wine and cheese evening on May 28 was also well-attended, with the highlights of the night being the opening of the 1985 graduating class’ time capsule, and the current students’ historical displays.

Willows is expecting hundreds more to attend the Victorian tea this Friday (June 3). Contact the school for more details at 250-592-2486.

As a wrap-up, Willows staff and students past and present will march in the Oak Bay Tea Party parade June 4, from Windsor Park through Oak Bay Village to Willows Beach.