School marks 50th birthday
HAPPY birthday to you.
That was the case at Maclean High School yesterday when staff and students, past and present, got together to celebrate the school's 50th birthday.
Maclean High School's principal Tony Carr said it was a happy day for the school.
"The celebration is going over two days. We had one today for the kids - an assembly - where a couple of our longest serving teachers got up there and reminisced in terms of what it was like when they first came here back in the '70s," he said.
"One of our longest serving but now retired teachers, Alan Cameron, who was here from 1963 until 2002, told the kids a few stories about the time he was here.
"The great majority of the staff were dressed as they would have been back in the 1960s . . . and the kids got a bit of a kick out of that.
"The lessons that have been operating across the school, except for Years 11 and 12, have all been '60s-style lessons - the old chalk and talk and some of the old technologies used at the time."
Mr Carr said there would be an official opening of the school at 10.30am today.
"There's a welcome at 10 o'clock and then we've got some speeches from past people involved with the school - teachers, captains and P&C," he said.
"We've got the launch of a book celebrating the 50 years, going right back to 1961.
"We'll then have an open house around the school, with particular subjects in each classroom set up so that people who might have been here in the 1960s can come and have a look.
"We've also got a celebration garden that has been built, and we've got a celebration dinner (tonight)."
Mr Carr said the 50-year book was put together by former teacher Christine Nichol.
He said the book was compiled using information from the school's magazine, the Rocky Mouth, which had been a part of the school for most of that time.