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Centenary celebrated

LYNN Smith rememberswaking to the news that her beloved Devonport High School had burnt down.
Nanjing Night Net

She and close friend Patricia O’Donnell were in the graduating class of 1964.

It was that year the school’s assembly hall was burnt to the ground by a raging inferno.

On Saturday Mrs Smith and Mrs O’Donnell were two of more than 500 current and former students, staff and community members who attended the Devonport High School’s centenary celebrations.

They recalled their fond memories of the school and the assembly hall fire.

“My mother woke me and said you probably won’t be going to school today because the school has burnt down,” Mrs Smith remembers.

“I only lived two blocks away.

“We were back at school fairly quickly after but we used to have classes in the cricket pavilion and we had to go to the Reece High School hall to sit our school sport exams.”

FLASHBACK: Lorraine and Tony Williams from Sydney at the Devonport High School centenary assembly on Saturday. Picture: Scott Gelston

Devonport High SchoolprincipalMike Shaw said the school’s history would shape its future.

“It’s pretty special, the school has a rich history –we learnt so much from that history, we take that on board and we apply that moving forward into the future,” he said.

“The core values remain and have perpetuated throughout time.”

Mr Shaw was pleased to see so many former staff and students at the centenary celebrations.

“We learn from them, we learn from their stories and it’s not just interesting, it gives a deeper understanding of who we are and what our place in the world is,” he said.

The weekend’s centenary celebrations commenced with a welcome drinks on Friday night before a school assembly on Saturday morning, a luncheon and then tours of the school in the afternoon.

So what does the school have planned for the next century?

“We’ve got a focus on some things that are the same –which is quality teaching,” Mr Shaw said.

In 2017 years11 and 12 will return to the school and Mr Shaw said there were development plansto “support quality teaching in the 21stcentury.”

Mrs O’Donnell enjoyed the friendships made during her time at the school more than 50 years ago and said she was happy to be back.

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