Bunbury Senior High School - a look through 100 years of education

With a rich history centred on education and tradition, Bunbury Senior High School will celebrate 100 years and despite all the changes the students have remained at the heart of everything they do. 

Principal Craige Pettit said it was an exciting time for the school with a busy weekend coming up to commemorate the anniversary of the schools establishment. 

“There’s a lot of pride, I think I’m really lucky to be here at the time the school is turning 100, I’m close to retiring age and I could have not been here but it was the 100 years that made me think I can’t leave just yet,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of changes, it looks pretty much the same on the outside but it’s changed significantly on the inside – schools are very different places compared to what they were a long time ago.

“The heart of the business hasn’t changed and at the heart of it is the kids that come here, education is 10 per cent academia and 90 per cent people and relationships.”

Staff and students have been busy preparing for the anniversary celebrations for months.

On March 2, an assembly will be held for current students and parents and displays will be set up with information and photos from each decade.  

On March 3, the school will open the gates to the public from 9am for tours where past students are encouraged to come back and remember their time there with performances by past and current students. A dinner will also be held on Saturday night at the Lord Forrest where a history book of the school – A Century of Opportunities written by Graham Houghton will be formally launched, with tickets still available.

“When you read the history book you see a common theme and it’s all about supporting country regional kids. I hope the people coming back will rekindle and strengthen relationships – it will be an exciting time for those from the 60s to come back and see the people they went to school with.”  

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