There was much excitement at Monbulk College on Saturday March 16, 2013 as over a 1000 people visited the school in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The organising committee were overwhelmed by the huge turnout – despite several other events underway in Monbulk on the day. Past and present staff, students and parents enjoyed catching up with former classmates and colleagues, viewing an amazing array of memorabilia on display, posing for reunion photos, as well as taking tours conducted by current students to see how much the school had changed since 1964 (the year after it was moved from the portable buildings in the grounds of Upwey High School).
The official ceremony for the day (attended by Federal and State local members, Laura Symthe and James Merlino) featured several past students and teachers and a particularly poignant moment when more than a few of the students from the very first cohort in 1963 proudly stood up for the whole school community to see! The ceremony also featured the cutting of the anniversary cake by the current and former Principals, and the launch of the commemorative book which captures a snapshot of the school’s history. Compiled by a former student, it is an entertaining read, featuring some important milestones as well as some really interesting photos and memories from past and present staff, students and parents. There are copies still available for purchase which can be ordered through the College.
The occasion was capped off at an evening dinner held in the College Gymnasium, attended by over 250 people who enjoyed a night of fun as they were entertained by several current and former staff with a variety of musical and theatrical entertainment!
The college is most grateful for the support of its sponsors including the Monbulk and District Branch of the Bendigo Bank as well as the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
As part of the research for the 50th Anniversary we discovered that in the 1960’s the school had House names. The colours were different in that they were taken from the original school emblem. This school emblem was designed by Stuart Devlin who was an Art Teacher and goldsmith who went on to work for the Queen as her silversmith. He also designed Australia’s first decimal currency coins. The original school emblem featured the head of an eagle in a white circle with the words “Monbulk High School” written in gold over an outer crescent of bottle green. The colours and House names were: Valley – Green, Forest – Gold, Rivers – White and Ranges – Tan.
As part of the 50th year we have decided to return to the original House names and use the House colours that have been in existence for 30 years or more. So our House names and colours are Valley – Green, Forest – Gold, Rivers – Blue and Ranges – Red.