Sandgate class of ‘97 re­union

High school re­union for 1993-97 Sandgate co­hort

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - Jacque­line Henry

IT has been 20 years since the class of 1997 left Sandgate High but the for­mer stu­dents will be to­gether again at their school re­union next month.

Sandgate Dis­trict State High School (SDSHS) 1993-1997 co­hort in­clud­ing teach­ers are in­vited to at­tend Ea­ton’s Hill Ho­tel on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 from 6pm.

Re­union or­gan­iser Kelly Radloff (nee Backen) said the re­union is open to any­one who started Year 8 in 1993, grad­u­ated Year 12 in 1997 or at­tended any of the years in be­tween and the teach­ers.

“I loved high school. Every­one in our classes got along. We were all friendly; every­one was friends with every­one. That’s what made it mem­o­rable,” Mrs Radloff said.

“It’s been way too long. We can’t wait to catch up and hear every­one’s sto­ries and we hope to get some great pho­tos. We’ve al­ready con­nected with over 150 peo­ple but we want to make sure every­one who at­tended dur­ing those years knows the re­union is hap­pen­ing and can hope­fully come along.

“If your are par­ents or grand­par­ents or fam­ily of peo­ple who went to

Sandgate High dur­ing those years, please tell them about the re­union.

“Any­one who has old pho­tos please email them to me and they can be in­cluded in the screen show on the night.

“We have lots of great mem­o­ries from those years. Our co­hort com­peted in the rock eisteddfod three times in the five years and we made it to the state fi­nals to per­form at Boon­dall En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in 1996. We also won the Bris­bane schools’ AFL and netball fi­nals in 1997.”

Jil­lian Ney­land (nee Dut­ton) is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with old school friends.

“I re­mem­ber they gath­ered our whole class un­der a big tree near the oval, told us good­bye, and we all just stood around a bit speech­less and shell-shocked. Twenty years later it will be ex­cit­ing to see every­one again, and to share sto­ries about our lives thus far.

“Most of the re­union or­gan­i­sa­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been done via a closed Face­book group and we have a few teach­ers are com­ing at this stage.

“We had 222 stu­dents en­rolled in Year 8 in 1993, and 159 grad­u­ated from Year 12. Many stu­dents left in Year 10 to pur­sue al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tions.

“I have been liv­ing and teach­ing sci­ence in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory since 2004. I haven’t seen most peo­ple since the last day of high school, al­though Face­book has been a great way to get back in touch with old friends.

“We are hop­ing to con­nect with more past stu­dents or their fam­i­lies; we are reach­ing out to those who have not yet heard about the re­union.

“Sev­eral peo­ple trav­el­ling from in­ter­state to at­tend the event in­clud­ing for­mer school vice cap­tain Ben Coxen from Launceston, Tas­ma­nia and I am com­ing from Alice Springs,

North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

“A quick look at the job ti­tle of past stu­dents on the group Face­book page shows the di­ver­sity of life paths taken; teach­ers, health work­ers, so­cial work­ers, le­gal and para-le­gal work­ers, bank­ing and fi­nance, HR, artists, tradies and labour­ers, gov­ern­ment, ad­min­is­tra­tive, trans­port, pri­vate busi­ness own­ers, stay at home mums, fit­ness pro­fes­sion­als, ad­ven­ture guides and univer­sity staff.

“One stu­dent Jayson Ship­ston works as a ra­dio an­nouncer in Mackay and Nerissa Hen­der­son will at­tend the event de­spite the fact she is the new mother of triplets. Si­mone Nalatu, our for­mer school vice cap­tain, played netball for the Queens­land Fire­birds.

“Many past stu­dents have ex­pressed ner­vous­ness at at­tend­ing the re­union. There are a few high school sweet­hearts who since have mar­ried and had chil­dren,” she said.

To be part of the re­union re­quest to join the closed group ‘Sandgate DSHS Class of 1997 - 20 Year Re­union’ on Face­book. For more in­for­ma­tion email sd­sh­

We’ve al­ready con­nected with over 150 peo­ple but we want to make sure every­one who at­tended dur­ing those years knows the re­union is hap­pen­ing and can hope­fully come along.

— Kelly Radloff


Sandgate Dis­trict State High School Year 12 class of 1997. Re­union or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to re­con­nect with as many for­mer stu­dents as pos­si­ble for their re­union planned on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at Ea­ton’s Hill Ho­tel.


Sandgate Dis­trict State High School Open Aus­tralian Rules team won the Bris­bane Li­ons Cup de­feat­ing Palm Beach/Cur­rumbin High in the grand fi­nal. Forth row: J Her­lihy, P Pritchard, S Telfer, S Gook and C Maken­nan. Third row: N Watt, M Spargo, T Dun­can, M Stan­ley, T Fen­nell, D Cum­mings, M Duffy, L Why­brow, S Tay­lor, B Wil­liams and S Brooks. Sec­ond row: L Shultz (goal um­pire), R Davis, A Fabian, B Coxen, R Smyth, A Widt, M Ensby and K Hux­ley (coach). Front row: A Fen­nell, DJ Brandt, G Cal­laghan, M Quinne and M Bar­low.

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