Engadine High School's 50th anniversary celebrations continue

Five decades of education: Engadine High School's teachers Kaye Denham and Colleen Johnson, parents and former students Daniel Slade with daughters Chloe and Emily, ex-student Bradley Van Luyt with daughters Vivien and Lucy, and Kylie Stewart with son Jack. Picture: John Veage
Five decades of education: Engadine High School's teachers Kaye Denham and Colleen Johnson, parents and former students Daniel Slade with daughters Chloe and Emily, ex-student Bradley Van Luyt with daughters Vivien and Lucy, and Kylie Stewart with son Jack. Picture: John Veage

Former students whose children now carry on the Engadine High School tradition will gather to recall memories of days gone by, for its 50th anniversary this year.

The school has hosted a month of celebrations, and will wrap up the milestone birthday period this weekend, first with a celebratory dinner at Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Friday, September 13.

On Saturday, September 14, there is a 'Back2Engadine' day, which will give ex-students, staff and teachers, a chance to relive some of the good old days and share how times have changed with the next generation of alumni-to-be.

Bradley Van Luyt graduated from the school in 1987, and his two children are now in year 7 and year 9.

Daniel Slade's daughters carry on the family's school history, as they are now also year 7 and year 9 students of the same school he attended in 1992.

Kylie Stewart, whose son Jack is in year 7, finished her days at the school in 1994.

One of the school's longest serving teachers, Kaye Denham, began her teaching career in economics at Engadine High in 1986. Now the subject is known as technology and applied studies.

"It's very different now but the skills are taught in a more effective way," she said.

"I've worked under the leadership of four principals. I've seen the school receive two Director-General awards, and have had an individual award for my teaching.

"I still enjoy teaching - I love being in the classroom and seeing the effort and diligence students put into their work.

"Physically the school has also changed. We've had lots of planting done thanks to funding grants, a new outdoor learning centre, the hall has improved over time, and we've added to our performing arts rooms. I remember starting one of the first Rock Eisteddfods, since then students were very successful in that and Wakakirri and the F1 challenge."

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