Mudgee High School will celebrate a century of education this weekend.
Saturday’s public celebrations begin at 10am when gates open and school tours (starting at the gym), memorabilia displays, commemorative magazine sales, tea and coffee commence.
The official ceremony will be held in the school gym at noon with special guests Troy Grant MP and Mark Scott of the Department of Education.
At 1.15pm a time capsule will be sealed at the library and a book to be signed by everyone at the centenary will also be included.
The in school celebrations begin this morning with their annual Decade Day event, which has been expanded to the cover a century.
This afternoon will be an assembly with a presentation for the students on the history of the school, along with a students versus teachers debate.
Today’s festivities will conclude with an all-school photo taken on the oval to be snapped by a drone with the students and staff taking the shape of the number 100.
Plenty of MHS memorabilia has been obtained for the centenary celebrations to chronicle as much of the school’s 100 years of history as possible.
There are photographs aplenty with the oldest dating back to before the school’s century of operation, taken while the original building – which is now the library – was under construction.
It’s an opportune time to reminisce with the school currently undergoing major works which will again change its face and provide a revamp of the Douro Street main entrance and front office.
Other displays sure to bring back memories will be the uniforms that have been contributed and will also feature in a parade at 1.30pm.
They’ve undergone an interesting evolution over a century and are not only part of the school’s history but also of the town’s heritage with thousands having worn them in 100 years.
From fairly formal in the early days – the girls’ winter uniform until the 70s was navy serge tunics and box pleats, with matching navy blazers, white shirts, tie, black stockings and black shoes – through to today’s requirement of a school polo with grey shorts/trousers and blue pants/skirts.
Saturday’s public events run until 2pm.