Now & Then
Sunday, 10 June 2012 11:38:31
This reunion was possible because one person, Sandra Linklater decided it
would be a challenge to try and get as many ex-students to get together from
1959-1963. We all know how hard that was going to be. She wrote to all the
newspapers from around the country, radio stations and women’s magazines.
She did them often 2-3 times to get them to take notice.
I became involved after seeing it in a Sydney Sunday paper and contacted her
and offered to give her a hand, as the response at that time was very poor.
I decided to go through the White Pages on the Internet and wrote to some 55
people and I rang some that I thought I had found.
In the beginning, the present school was more involved with our night in
conjunction with the 40th anniversary. Shortly after though they decided to
let us do it all. Not daunted by that Sandra plodded on. She spent hours
answering mail, sending tickets out, returning call on her answering
service. We went from a few coming from the original 59-63 group and some
from the years up to 69 to around 170 who ended up attending the night.
Ex-teachers were harder to find as we are in the range of 53 years old the
teachers are at the least 20 years onto that. Sadly many are no longer with
us. Mr. Roach graced us on the night with his company and made up for the
lack of numbers with his presence. He just had not changed. Thank you so
much for coming. I did see Mrs. Carson, on the night, who was one of
original Home Economics teachers there for while. How come they look so
I don’t think anyone noticed the music in the background and not enough
people even had time to eat.
The chatter and camaraderie amongst us all was fantastic. I believe we were
Special. Those early days when we started school were novel to say the
least. The only 3 R’s then, were Rain, Rubble, Riot, (a newspaper reporter
asked Mr. Johnston about the riot in the school?) when the 715 ascended onto
the ground that were to be our homes for 3 –5 years. Cranes, concrete,
pneumatic drills, mud and old cow bell for a school horn, which had to be
run around the entire school with a student, so we knew when the period
ended. There were no school textbooks for sometime. Boy they would never get
away with that today.
With two schools on the premises in 1959 and the fact we were the first into
the school, that made us very unique. The bond was quite evident on the
night. There was plenty of food and people trying to recognise others
recalling those days, catching up on what we had been doing in our lives.
Many have endured hardships, grief, broken marriages. Hopefully, we had some
good times along the way, and our careers, a family of our own, then, it had
been worthwhile night. We had indeed survived the Age of Aquarius and we
come to celebrate our survival.
When Ron Graham stepped up on the stage and it was though time stood still
and we listened to his words like he was still our School Captain. Ron
remained school captain from beginning 1959-1963. He still looked the same
and he spoke with his natural charm and wit, I am so he was still the same
Ron that we all remembered.
We hope you enjoyed the night. We have enclosed the scanned photographs of
the night and a list of those who attended and some that could not come but
wished to be remembered. We know we had someone representing every state but
the Northern Territory there on the night and one from NZ.
June 2008: I have seen Mr Roach (now decease)and Mrs Carson in Hurstville.