Centenary Celebrations 11th - 14th October 2012
The planning for the College Centenary was a long process beginning in 2011. The School Council were involved from the beginning and tasks were delegated from the Council to staff and community members. Mr Frank Spiel’s vision of the Centenary Celebrations as an acknowledgement of the excellence of the school over its 100 years was brought to fruition by the efforts of the Horsham College Staff and Students, the Horsham College School Council and the Friends of Horsham College
Book Launch - Thursday 11th October 2012
The Launch of A Notable Century Indeed was attended by an appreciative crowd of 200 people. Many of our living 100 notables were in attendance as well as many of those responsible for the the compilation of the book.
Simone Dalton, the author, gave a speech acknowledging the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteer contributors or ‘chapter champions’ and Ed Gannon, the editor of The Weekly Times, officially launched the book and gave a special mention about his amusement at the Trevor Wilkins story. The Regional Director of Education, Malcolm Miller, spoke and congratulated the school on reaching 100 years.
Night of the Notables - Thursday 11th October 2012
Our Year Nine students presented an exceptional display on the achievements of a wide range of achievers. Students researched the life of someone that they admired and there were many former Horsham High and Horsham Tech School students presented. Sports people, scientists and writers were among the Notables and Adam Goodes, Don Johns and Peter Blair were among the former students whose lives and achievements were recognised.
Friday Fete - Friday 12th October 2012
All students and staff had a wonderful afternoon at the fete. We had three very special rides in, the Spin-Out, the Surf Shack Slide and the GI Jane Eliminator and these were enjoyed by students and staff alike, with our Assistant Principals Sheila White and Kerrin Smith, both being huge fans of the Spin-out. All Learning Advisor groups were responsible for developing a stall or activity for the fete and there was a wide variety of things on offer. From the Gumboot Throwing Competition to the Throw-A-Wet-Sponge at a teacher booth there was a plethora of things to do. After 3pm many younger students from Horsham Primary Schools attended with their families and there were many people sampling the excellent food on offer.
There were school tours held over the four days of the Centenary Celebrations. Students took groups of former student and their families on an extensive viewing of historical landmarks within the College, helping people to reminisce about their times at the High and Tech schools. Groups were also able to see the newer and most modern facilities at the school, including the Technology wing and the Wimmera Trade Training Centre, and were able to get an understanding of something of the nature of Education in the 21st century.
The Friends of Horsham College, assisted by our archivist Mr Neil King, presented an eclectic display of photographs and memorabilia representing the 100 years of history of Horsham High School, Horsham Technical School and Horsham College. There were many old uniforms, school magazines and sports trophies on display. The memorabilia display was also a good place for people to catch up with others from their school days and there were many people who stayed for several hours browsing the displays, having a ‘cuppa’ and catching up with old school friends.
Everyone who attended was given a badge indicating their former school and the decade in which they attended. 100 Years merchandise such as mugs and stubby holders were available for purchase and we were also able to sell many copies of A Notable Century Indeed and DVDs of the 100 Years of School Magazines.
Legends vs Students Netball - Sunday 14th October 2012
The Legends vs Students Netball match was held in the Middle School Campus Gymnasium on the Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
And a celebration it was! Ex-students from the 70s, 80s, 90s and the 00s made up the ‘Legends’ matched up against the current elite netball students in each year level. The youth team fired in the first quarter to earn a 12 goal lead. When the shellshock wore off, the experience of the Legends enabled them to pull back the lead bit by bit. At half time, our netball history was acknowledged when the names of the 1998 State side was read out. This team of girls coached by Mrs Helen Wills is our only netball side that has brought home a state title. An achievement worth recognising. The third quarter saw the teams walk out without player bibs – in the same fashion of yesteryear. In the end and despite outscoring the student team in all other quarters, the Legends couldn’t recover from their shaky start. The win went to the Student team by 2 goals.
‘Best on court’ for the Student team, sponsored by Surf One, went to Year 12 student, Maddie Iredell while ‘Best on court’ for the Legends, sponsored by Sassi Beauty Bar and Hair Design, went to Mrs Katrina Kerr.
Thanks must go to our other sponsor, DG and JM Landwehr Builders for providing team uniform. Thanks also to umpires, Laura Dixon and Erin Mellington; to Rani Decker and Kali Roberts for timekeeping and scoring; to Mae and Grace Risson for their beautiful voices in singing our national anthem; to photographer, Ms Simone Conroy; to Mrs Fiona Rowe for her support in organising the match and many thanks to the appreciative audience that supported the event.
Centenary Gala Dinner - Saturday 13th October 2012
The Centenary Gala Dinner was attended by more than 400 former staff, students and community members. The Hon Mr Hugh Delahunty and his wife Judy were in attendance, along with the DEECD Assistant Regional Director Mr Peter Henry and his partner.
The attendees were served a delicious meal by Schubert Catering with students dressed in old High and Tech uniforms assisting as wait staff.
The entertainment provided by our music students was outstanding and many people were thrilled by the standard of talent on display. Our vocalists, Stage Band and VCE group provided a retrospective concert of popular songs of the last 100 Years, with former students Matt Schilling and Brian Harrison finishing the evening with modern songs from the 90s and 2000s.
There was wide spectrum of former staff and students at the dinner. A whole table of former students from the 30s were having a ball. A whole table of former tech students were there too. There were three tables of staff from the 80s and four tables of current staff members. There was much reminiscing and many cries of ‘Oh now I remember’ throughout the evening.
Sunday Brunch and Cricket - Sunday 14th October 2012
The Parent’s Band Support Group provided a delicious brunch menu with Egg and Bacon sandwiches and Fruit Salad available to all of those attending at the school on the Sunday morning. This was the last chance for people to see the memorabilia display or to tag-along on a school tour, and many former attended the brunch before leaving Horsham for their homes elsewhere in Victoria or Australia.
A 20/20 cricket match was the highlight of Sunday. It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining and a light breeze and many former students and current staff members took to the field as team members for either the Cec Hopper team or the SportsPower Team.