The Baralaba State School Grade 6 Class of 1963 - teacher Stan Plath Back Row - Left to right: Bruce Maclean, Barry Tucker, Margaret Hoadley, Cecilia Oram, Sally Colless, Diane Bidgood, Marilyn Major, Steve Sainsbury, Hanno Hintz. Middle Row - Left to Right: Diane Dullahide, Christine Kerr, Elva Hennessy, Joy Tunsted, Cheree Cosh, Beverley Peak, Carol Young, Brian Maclean, John Price, Garry Saunderson. Front Row - Left to right: Harry Slater, Dennis Lindley, Danny Schuh, Paul Conway, Byron Burns, Maurice Conway, John Adams, Stanley Oakenful.
The Baralaba State School Grade 6 Class of 1963 - teacher Stan Plath Back Row - Left to right: Bruce Maclean, Barry Tucker, Margaret Hoadley, Cecilia Oram, Sally Colless, Diane Bidgood, Marilyn Major, Steve Sainsbury, Hanno Hintz. Middle Row - Left to Right: Diane Dullahide, Christine Kerr, Elva Hennessy, Joy Tunsted, Cheree Cosh, Beverley Peak, Carol Young, Brian Maclean, John Price, Garry Saunderson. Front Row - Left to right: Harry Slater, Dennis Lindley, Danny Schuh, Paul Conway, Byron Burns, Maurice Conway, John Adams, Stanley Oakenful. Contributed

Former Baralaba students reunite to celebrate 50 years

Baralaba State School recently celebrated their 50 year reunion. Pictured is the class of 1965 (then and now).
1965 marked the year Baralaba's high school was officially opened.

Up to 50 former students returned for this reunion and enjoyed a great get together at Baralaba's historical village with lunch.

The group then moved on to the school for a walk through, official parade and cutting of the cake.

Afternoon tea was enjoyed and historic memorabilia was viewed in the resource centre organizied by Julie Webb, Gwen Petersen and Jenny Schloss from the school and our local history group.

Two teachers, Gwen Petersen and Elvina Conway, were present at the reunion and gwen addressed parade.

Gwen told the gathering what it was like when her teaching commenced back in the old days.

The school was not equipped to take on extra students, no typewriters, chairs and desks - what struggles the staff had.

The staff were also not much older than the students, some staff only 19 years old.

Gwen also made mention of the first woman P&C president, Dot Eather, who was present on the day at aged 90.

This was a big deal back in the 1970's when it was a male dominated field.

Gwen also spoke of the successful students who have completed their education in Baralaba and made 'big' in the big wide world.

There's doctors, lawyers, bankers, property owners and army personnel to name but a few.

A small high school made a big difference in many of the students lives and still is today.

A lot of the former students attended awards night that night and enjoyed going back to the RSL hall and soaking up the memories.

Dinner was enjoyed at the hotel with plenty of talk about the 'good ol' days'.

Thanks to those who made the effort in coming back, we all enjoyed seeing you.
 



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