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Maleny State High School
Reunion 2004

by Barbara Nye

On Easter Saturday 10th April around 2000 past students, staff, parents and citizens gathered at the High School to celebrate 50 years of secondary education in Maleny. The Secondary Dept opened in 1954 on tbe Cedar Street school site, with an enrolment of 24 students.

Thirteen of the students from the Foundation Class were present for a special roll call by current principal Paul Tarbuck. Past students travelled from U.S.A., New Zealand and interstate, coming great distances to join their fellow students in reminiscing about their school days and to enjoy a multitude of activities put on by the organizers.


Photo Left:Gordon McKinnon, with former teacher Janet(McRobert) Alston.
Photo Right  Maleny icon Peg Burnett was a former student of Maleny Primary School

Registration and morning tea were the first activities of the day, followed by a grand procession of all participants, with a special feature of ten vintage cars to add a touch of history. The official welcome followed in the Activity Centre, attended by all those gathered, with a number of welcoming speeches by guests such as the foundation principal of the current High School site Rob McAlpine, Foundation student Dell Somerville, an original staff member Mrs. Janet McRobert Alston, and Mr. Alan Webster, only surviving member of the original school committee.   The Mayor of Caloundra City Don Aldous was also in attendance, as were P&C President Barbara Nye and School Captains Alana Salvaterra and Dale Frampton.

Betty Diefenbach and Joyce Newton fly the Golden Reunion colours.

As a special dedication to those who have passed away or could not be present, Laura Beddow, a year 10 student, presented a poem by honoured guest Beryl Newton. Mrs. Newton, who recently turned 90, was the headmistress of Curramore State School in 1937-38. A special address by State MP for Glasshouse Carolyn Male, representing the Honorable Anna Bligh, Minister for Education, officially opened the event.  Some special features of the day were “home rooms” where students could meet and mingle, an official Luncheon for organizers and guests.

Photo Sessions for all year groups organized by Shelley Wilson and Clem Davies, Entertainment features by locals and MSHS students, an Ecumenical Service, and a Celebration Tree Plant. A Dinner and Bush dance finished off the evening, with entertainment provided by Bushland Boogie.


Photo Above: Melalyn Thurburn (Wild) Year 8 1958, Kaylene Corkin (Wild) Year 8 1962,
Gerald MiladyYear 8 1959, Monica McCullock Year 8 1959 and
Lynda Burg (Penny) Year 8 1961.


Photo Above:  Pieter Houweling Year 8 1964, ??  and Graeme Wild Year 8 1964.

Many thanks to the Golden Anniversary Organizing Committee and to all the volunteers who helped out on the day.


Photo Above:  Brother and sister, Barry Burgum and Dell Somerville


Photo Above:  Glen Howard Year 8 1973, Ivan Walsh Year 8 1967
and Robert Fritz Year 8 1967.

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