The Leongatha Secondary College Centenary Reunion
The event was huge. More than 4000 people attended the centenary reunion at the Leongatha Secondary
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College on April 28th and 29th. The ECA centre was full to capacity for the book launch at 11 am and the High School Assembly at 12. Over at the former Tech School a large crowd gathered for the Tech assembly. The founding principal of Leongatha Tech School Bill Johnson spoke to the assembled group of past students, staff, parents and friends. It was wonderful to see him there 45 years after he first set up the school in portables on the edge of the old high school pony paddock.
The display was well received and many past students enjoyed looking around the trade wing and talking with current teachers. Over in the ECA centre those attending the gathering enjoyed the displays, chatted and met up with friends. The book on the school history sold out by 1 pm and a second printing had to be ordered. At Mesley Hall a magnificent heritage display was opened by John Murphy and Lyn Skillern. This display of photographs shows major events in the school’s history.
The Visual Honour Roll has been relocated to the Mesley Hall foyer and looks great in its new home. This honour roll remembers past students who were killed in Wartime. Each serviceman has a presentation with a photograph and a piece of text. New Trotman and Nicholas memorials are part of this display
In the evening two functions were held. A wonderful dinner with a number of highlights was held in the Memorial Hall. The sons of past student Rear Admiral Jack Mesley (son of school founder Arthur Mesley) presented current Principal Brett Windsor with the Admiral’s dress sword. One current student, Charlotte Brew and two past students, Elly Poletti and Josh Gardiner, performed and stunned the audience with their talent. Professor Ivan Caple spoke enthusiastically and with fondness about his old school and proposed a toast to the past. Former Tech Principal Irving Stephens responded to the toast and Brett Windsor proposed a toast to the future.
At Mesley Hall the Great Centenary Cabaret was held and this was enjoyed by around 400 people. Many groups of students had their photos taken and they enjoyed being with friends from past times. The dancing and socializing went on to the small hours. Sunday saw the Leongatha Secondary College assembly and the music event. There was a wonderful final assembly with Auld Lang Syne and this was followed by the re burial of the time capsule to be opened in 2037.
Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful time.