The class of 1956 returns to school
By MARGARET DENNIS
HAILED a resounding success by all, the Grafton High School reunion on the weekend drew crowds of former students and teachers from the class of 1956.
Kicking off on Saturday with a history lesson of the school and morning tea at Schaeffer House, the crowd of about 130 regrouped at the high school for the dedication of the story plaque and renaming of a science laboratory in memory of former student and pioneer physicist Dr Elizabeth Essex-Cohen.
Her husband, Dr Harvey Cohen, and three children attended the unveiling, with Dr Cohen also attending the formal dinner that night.
The former students received a warm welcome from principal, Colin Lang, and members of the student council led a tour of the school.
A roll call soon discovered people had travelled from as far as South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory for the reunion and they all joined in singing the school song, followed by the school war cry.
Former students were invited to trip down memory lane in the form of a story and update on what they have been up to in the past 50-odd years.
Their stories in a book will be placed in the library, museum and high school.