Members of the Class of 59 from the Mullumbimby High School gathered outside their old class room, the oldest building in the school ground. From left standing they are Heather Walker (McSwan), Judith Hill (Mackney), Robyn Gray (Harkness), Keith Woods, Neville Marks, seated Helen L’Orange (Alidenes), Pam Hastie (Barnes), Pam Morris (Dundas) Joe Thompson, Deirdre Sparrius (McLean).
Members of the Class of 59 from the Mullumbimby High School gathered outside their old class room, the oldest building in the school ground. From left standing they are Heather Walker (McSwan), Judith Hill (Mackney), Robyn Gray (Harkness), Keith Woods, Neville Marks, seated Helen L’Orange (Alidenes), Pam Hastie (Barnes), Pam Morris (Dundas) Joe Thompson, Deirdre Sparrius (McLean).

These Mullum ‘schoolies’ go back

‘Schoolies’ come to Brunswick Heads in all shapes, sizes and ages.

 Along with those who have just finished their 12 years of schooling, there were others who gathered recently to recall the end of theirs - 50 years ago.

The ‘Class of 1959’ from Mullumbimby High School was the first group to graduate from the school as a full high school.

The convenor of their reunion, Neville Marks who was the boys vice captain, said the group was a small one by today’s standards.

“There were 31 of us in the class and we have kept in touch through the years,” he said.

“A couple have passed away and not all of us enjoy good health now, but we keep in contact.”

When 17 of the class and their partners gathered for dinner on Saturday night, a letter from class teacher, Wal Wardman, who now lives at Murwillumbah, was read out.

‘The surprising thing is that, as a group, the Fifty-Niners seem to be as close as you were in those very pleasant Mullum days,’ he wrote. ‘Fifty years or more after you first came together in 1955, your group has the characteristics of a close family. May you continue to hang on to those special relationships.’

Local class members were joined by others from Brisbane, Tenterfield, the south coast of NSW and many points between.

The Mullumbimby High School Ex-Students Association held its first annual general meeting at the Mullumbimby High School last week .

A committee was elected to take over from the interim committee which has been forming the organisation, signing up members, and raising funds for a school nominated project.

The elected committee is President, Neville Marks, Treasurer John Robinson, Secretary Robyn Gray, and committee members Pam Morris, Judy Hill and Gillian Lomath.

Mr Marks said he was looking forward to expanding the membership register and continuing the fund raising for improvements to the John Pearce Auditorium.

The project, to provide a transparent lectern and then upgrade the PA system in the hall, has achieved its first phase.

“We now have enough money to buy the lectern, thanks to donations made by ex-students and the work done by ex-student Nicolas Van Horton,” said Mr Marks.

“The next phase, to purchase the PA system, the speakers, wiring and microphones, will require the fund raising to continue. We need around $2000 for the equipment that Nic will install next year.

“We understand that this will bring the facilities in the hall to near professional level, and will be a great asset to the school.”

Mr Marks invited any ex-student or ex-staff member interested in joining, to contact the secretary on mh.exassn@bigpond.com.au or phone 02 6688 4356.

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