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Maleny High School
50 year Reunion.

by Cameron Outridge

Easter Saturday marked an amazing occasion for Maleny. The celebration of 50 years of Secondary Education was a resounding success, with nearly 2000 visitors participating.

Past students from a number of year levels, together with teachers and other staff and community members recalled past eras, shared stories and laughed the hours away in an expression of happiness and friendship.

Members of the class of 1954 with their teacher Mrs Alston,
nee McRobert, and school commitee member Alan Webster.

Commencing with a remarkable march around the oval, followed by a formal ceremony and a luncheon, the organisers could not have wished for a better response. Stars of the day were the 11 members of the class of 1954 and one of their teachers, Janet Alston (formerly Janet McRobert) and a member of the foundation school committee, Mr Alan Webster.

This year level was the first to be offered a secondary education in Maleny, 50 years ago. Crowds of people made the most of the balmy autumn weather, visiting the memorabilia displays, enjoying food and other stalls, attending an ecumenical Easter service, planting 50 trees, one for every year of the school’s history, and then joining in the night festivities, which included a bush dance.

  

Past students Lyn Kendal and Gina Smith (maidennames).
Gina travelled all the way from Chicago for thereunion.

The cutting of the Golden Anniversary cake was performed
by the current youngest student, Stephanie Teagle
and oldest students attending the reunion,
Elaine Neill and Margaret Waugh (maiden names).

The hard work of the organisers paid off. The school would like to sincerely thank all those who assisted, particularly during the setting up and clean up after the event.
This was a real example of solid community team work and support, and it helped to make the weekend one that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Thanks especially to all those who accepted the invitation to attend, thus making it such a wonderful day. Even though the class of ’54 was highlighted, they really represented all past students who have been involved in some way with secondary education at Maleny.

Any person who wishes to write a message for the time capsule that will be opened in 25 years' time, and missed out on the day, may do so over the next two weeks at the High School office.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.