School milestone: Past and present merge at centenary celebration

IT WAS a weekend of reunions, reminiscing and remembrance that spanned decades and generations.

Mildura Senior College’s centenary celebrations came to an end yesterday with a community day held on its campus.

Principal Andrew Ough said he was “overwhelmed” by the support the school had received from past students and staff members and the community alike to help celebrate the milestone over the four days.

“We’ve just been really overwhelmed by the amount of enthusiasm and passion that people have had for coming back and visiting our school,” he said.

Mr Ough said the centenary celebrations were aimed at “providing opportunities for people of all ages to catch up and make a personal connection or reconnect with people they haven’t seen for a long time” and that opportunity was widely enjoyed and appreciated.

“I think this weekend has been a success if they have had that opportunity to catch up and reminisce and create some new memories,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to a few people this morning and quite a lot of them are quite hoarse from all the talking they’ve done,” Mr Ough said of the reunion functions held Saturday night.

“Some people said they needed many more hours to be able to catch up with everyone because they didn’t get to half the people they needed to speak to.

“I think that’s a really positive, wonderful thing.”

That was certainly the case for Lynette Dahmes, who attended Mildura High School from 1959 to 1961.

Yesterday was the first time she has been back to the school since leaving it 50 years ago and she considered the tours of the school given throughout the day an opportunity to reminisce about days past.

“It has been absolutely great, touring around here,” she said.

“We went upstairs where we used to be on the stage doing our singing and our acting, we went around the back to the quadrangle and I brought a photograph with me that I had taken there 50 years ago with a group of kids around there.

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See the full Mildura Senior College Centenary liftout here

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