THE 95 Year Reunion of Foster High School/South Gippsland Secondary College was held last Saturday, and although the weather was less than favourable, it didn’t prevent those attending from having a wonderful time.
The event drew around 450 people – certainly less than the 2000 who went along to the last reunion held five years ago, but the smaller gathering was appreciated by many, as it gave everyone the opportunity to recognise familiar faces and to enjoy a catch-up.
As the weather worsened, ‘Plan B’ was put into action, with a quick move inside providing cover for the day’s activities.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea were enjoyed, as were the many performances from the College’s Music Department. There were also performances by Bec Bone and her music students. Rock, jazz, ‘Big Band’ – no matter what era or musical taste, there was something for everyone to enjoy listening to.
During the ‘general assembly,’ ‘Honorary Head Prefect’ sashes were awarded to the eldest returnees; Bill Shellcot of Foster, Lorna McGillivray (formerly Shellcot), Joan Coughlan (formerly Nicholls), Stan Hopkins of Toora, Bill Davies of Foster, Gwenda Middleton (formerly Park), and Eleanor Lowe (McConnachie).
Principal Cheryl Glowrey has spent the last few months compiling a history of the High School / College, where the first class was taught in 1919. With assistance from College business manager Colleen Smith and teach Rhonda Mayo, the many photos dating from recent times back through the decades have been collected and formatted, and now adorn the 100 page colour book.
The books proved very popular at the Reunion, with well over 100 copies sold. A number are available for $25 each at the College and at the Foster Historical Museum. Copies can also be ordered by contacting the College on 5682 2066.
Also of interest to many past students was the scrapbook of Mary Clements, who taught at the Foster High School in the 70s. Over the years, Mary had collected and kept photos and memorabilia of the school’s music productions in this book, which was brought along to the Reunion by her brother, Kevin Clements.
Topping off an enjoyable day were two Reunion Balls. A total of around 250 people enjoyed the evening by spending time at either of the two Reunion Balls, with some venturing back and forth between the two, taking in entertainment from Watch Dog and Fiona Curram at the FWMAC, and music from various decades including the 50 and 60s, performed by the Tru Tones at the College gym.
Organisers will soon be turning their thoughts to the 100 Year Reunion, which is likely to coincide with Foster’s 150th anniversary, around the time of the Foster Show in 2019.