Last bell for 50-year-old high school


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE last school siren to sound out over Hamil­ton Se­nior High in De­cem­ber will not only sig­nal the end of an­other school year, but also bring to an end more than 50 years of his­tory.

The school, es­tab­lished in 1962, will merge with South Fre­man­tle Se­nior High School on Le­froy Road and will be launched as Fre­man­tle Col­lege in 2018.

Since term four in 2016, deputy prin­ci­pal Robert Moule and his team have been metic­u­lously comb­ing through years of archives and mem­o­ra­bilia that will be pre­sented in the lead up to the school’s clo­sure.

Mr Moule, who has been deputy for 26 years, said it was im­por­tant noth­ing was over­looked so the his­tory and suc­cesses shared by staff and some 50,000 stu­dents were not for­got­ten in the merger.

“The amount of in­for­ma­tion that is con­tained in the archives is mas­sive, rang­ing from stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties and achieve­ments, in­no­va­tions and also a huge amount of visual ma­te­ri­als to sup­port the doc­u­mented events,” he said.

“We have had many ath­letes come through Hamil­ton and rep­re­sent Aus­tralia and aca­demics, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tors who have be­come di­rec­tors, prin­ci­pals and pro­fes­sors.”

Mr Moule said the school archives had been well or­gan­ised over the years, with any gaps in the in­for­ma­tion to be filled us­ing Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment re­sources and the Bat­tye Li­brary.

“For­tu­nately, I have got very dili­gent col­leagues work­ing with me so the load has been spread,” he said.

Two events are be­ing planned for the school’s fi­nal year, with a fair to be held in Septem­ber.

The fi­nal ac­tiv­ity for the wider com­mu­nity will be held on Novem­ber 25.

That will in­clude din­ner, drinks and en­ter­tain­ment from past school bands, as well as slideshows farewellin­g the school and a fi­nal auc­tion of school mem­o­ra­bilia.

“Peo­ple have been con­tact­ing us through the Of­fi­cial Hamil­ton Se­nior High School Face­book page and the school web page,” Mr Moule said.

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