“There was a very large and most enthusiastic gathering of parents and visitors at the official opening of the Corowa High School, held on Friday afternoon, when students formed a guard of honour to receive Mr Charles Cutler (NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Minister for Science at the time) at the school.”
The principal, Mr Lambert, welcomed the guests, Mr Horsley, President of the P&C, conducted proceedings and the Shire President Councillor W. E. Nixon said “This building, built at a cost of $800,000 reflects a great deal of confidence in the potential of this area by our State Government and it is heartening to those of us who have had faith in the progress of this Shire to see such an opinion endorsed in such a practical manner.”
These words were taken from the Corowa Free Press, dated Tuesday, March 26, 1968 from a report on the opening of the then new High School.
This means that this year, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Corowa High School.
The date was Friday, March 22, and though the High School will be marking this opening with a function in September, the Corowa District Historical Society will be marking the event with a special History Hour at the Federation Museum on Thursday, March 15 at 2pm.
Everyone is welcome to come along.
There will be teachers who were present at that ceremony, ex-students who attended the opening and a special guest who remembers “carting trailer loads of text books and things from the old school up to the new school”.
At the beginning of 1968 the teaching staff was increased by two and with many transfers having taken place at the end of 1967, there were 13 new members of staff.
This made a total of 23 teaching staff to begin the 1968 year.
Two of those 13 new teachers still live in Corowa and will be in attendance at the History Hour, together with others who have been staff members of Corowa High over the years.
Members of the Corowa District Historical Society would love to hear from anyone who has stories and/or photos taken around the early years of the High School.
If you would like to share your photos or stories please contact Lesley New on (02) 6033 1164 or anyone else you know associated with the Society or Museum.