FAREWELL SCHOOL: Pictured are Ballina High School staff involved in organising the Farewell Ballina High School weekend in November (from left) Mark Willacy, Sue Page, Jane Newstead, Paul Frangos, Mary-Anne Saunders, Andrew Playford and Sarah McDonald.
FAREWELL SCHOOL: Pictured are Ballina High School staff involved in organising the Farewell Ballina High School weekend in November (from left) Mark Willacy, Sue Page, Jane Newstead, Paul Frangos, Mary-Anne Saunders, Andrew Playford and Sarah McDonald. Graham Broadhead

Saying goodbye to Ballina High School

A LOT of people can't wait to say goodbye to school as they grow up - but even they may feel nostalgic at a farewell for Ballina High School to be held later this year.

The current high school is set to be demolished next year to make way for the new $40 million super-school, combining the secondary classes of Southern Cross K-12 and Ballina High schools.

The new school, which as yet doesn't have a name, is due to open in 2019.

Current Ballina High librarian, Andrew Playford, is co-ordinating the Ballina High School Farewell Weekend to be held from November 11 to 13.

He said the event would be "one giant reunion".

The construction of the new school is not the first major change in secondary education in Ballina.

 

ABOVE: An artist's impression of the new Ballina high school.
ABOVE: An artist's impression of the new Ballina high school.

Mr Playford said there has been 93 years of secondary education in Ballina, and students moved into the current site in 1931. Prior, secondary education was undertaken at the Ballina Intermediate School which was part of Ballina Public School.

The farewell weekend will begin with a barn dance in the school hall on November 11.

On November 12, the school's gates will be thrown open to the public for a whole day of entertainment, with memorabilia for sale, tours and archive displays.

What has been billed as the "recovery day" on November 13 will see people allowed to wander the school's grounds and check out the displays.

Mr Playford said the organising committee has been "overwhelmed by the interest from the community."

For more information or to get involved, phone Andrew Playford on 0408 166419.


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