Gisborne High School old girls remain great friends

CLASS OF 1955: Pictured here are eight members of the commercial class of 1955 (from left) Marcia Harden, Janet Burgess, Elaine Corrin, Jennifer O’Neill, Kath Thomas, Miriam Swarbrick, Janice Croskery, Jan Newman and Bev Denham. Picture by Paul Rickard

A group of former Gisborne High School students got together for a special reunion last week, firm friends still over 60 years later.

Former class captain Kath Thomas and her classmates attended Gisborne High School in its final years from 1953-1955, before it split off into Gisborne Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools.

As class captain, Kath says she still has the names and phone numbers of her high school class, and organised the first reunion in 1996.

They completed School Certificate (equivalent of Year 11) in 1955.

“We were the commercial class and did bookkeeping, shorthand-typing, human biology and English. We also had the ‘privilege’ of two periods of PE (physical education) a week and it was compulsory.”

The other options were to be in the “professional” stream or the “home” stream, she said.

It was a co-ed school with girls and boys separated into single sex classes.

“A lot of us were together in Form 1 (Year 7) at Gisborne Intermediate School so we were together for many years and got to know one another well.

“I loved school. We had the most fabulous class.

“We were such a happy class and remain great friends.”

Kath said 15 former classmates were at the first reunion back in 1996 and they had been meeting twice a year ever since.

They were hoping to get together again in October.

She said the group remained good friends with a lot of the male students who they were at school with even though the classes were segregated.

A group of former Gisborne High School students got together for a special reunion last week, firm friends still over 60 years later.

Former class captain Kath Thomas and her classmates attended Gisborne High School in its final years from 1953-1955, before it split off into Gisborne Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools.

As class captain, Kath says she still has the names and phone numbers of her high school class, and organised the first reunion in 1996.

They completed School Certificate (equivalent of Year 11) in 1955.

“We were the commercial class and did bookkeeping, shorthand-typing, human biology and English. We also had the ‘privilege’ of two periods of PE (physical education) a week and it was compulsory.”

The other options were to be in the “professional” stream or the “home” stream, she said.

It was a co-ed school with girls and boys separated into single sex classes.

“A lot of us were together in Form 1 (Year 7) at Gisborne Intermediate School so we were together for many years and got to know one another well.

“I loved school. We had the most fabulous class.

“We were such a happy class and remain great friends.”

Kath said 15 former classmates were at the first reunion back in 1996 and they had been meeting twice a year ever since.

They were hoping to get together again in October.

She said the group remained good friends with a lot of the male students who they were at school with even though the classes were segregated.

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Mary Joyce McClutchie, WA - 1 month ago
Fabulous girls, brings back fond memories as I attended GGHS from 1961-1965. Loved my time there and still think of those times.

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