REUNIONS  

Updated 7 /4/ 2017 

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upcoming reunion event you are planning.


CLASS OF 1976

The following is an account of the Class of 1976's 40th  Reunion, as contained in the Association's Newsletter for Autumn 2017

Many thanks to Editor, Don Metcalfe

  

 

 


DANDENONG GIRLS/CLEELAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

60th ANNIVERSARY REUNION

A combined reunion of former students and staff  from the above schools, was held at the ANN ST. property on 25 March 2017.  As per arrangements shown opposite                                    >>>>

All enquiries to:

dandenonggirls@hotmail.com

PHOTOS on their FaceBook site

Dandenong Girls High School Old Girls



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 BUY USB OF ALL TORCH MAGAZINES

  For anyone wanting to order the "Torch" USB  the cost is $15.00 and you can make payment at the school reunion on Saturday. The cost includes the USB and the postage. We ask that you bring the correct money which will be placed into a sealed envelope with your name and address so that we can post them to you as soon as they are available.

Alternatively you can make a deposit into our bank account

Bank of Melbourne

Cleeland High Reunion Fund

BSB 193-879

Acct 448971876

Please ensure that once payment is made that you email your name, address and receipt number to 

dandenonggirls@hotmail.com

Or

Send SMS with same details to 0439 636 508 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday

THREE REUNIONS RECENTLY HELD                                                      17/10/2015

On Saturday 17 October 2015, three separate  reunions were held at the school,  for the classes of 1960, 1965 and 1975.  See photos for each oof these with the individual reunion notices below:

 DANDENONG GIRLS/CLEELAND

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

REUNION DVD

 Further to the report below of this reunion, held in September of last year, Colleen Duggan has some news concerning a DVD that has been produced.                     See the details here >>>>>

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13/8/15

  CLASS OF 1965 - 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION      

Russell Newton organised a very successful get together at the school on Saturday 17 October. Please  contact Russell  at  barbruss@newtonwhite.com.au  with any queries you may have.  Here are photos of those attending

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Names appear when hovering on  a 'thumbnail' and at bottom of each enlarged photo

 CLASS OF 1960 55th ANNIVERSARY REUNION

 Russ Weber and Margaret Rogers report a very successful event held at the school, with a separate social gathering afterwards. Pictured below are the members of the happy throng, gathered in the school library, on  Saturday 17 October 2015.

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 CLASS OF 1975 - 40TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION                  

This group also celebrated its anniversary at the School on Saturday 17 OctoberPics of this event follow:

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 FULL REPORT of this very successful event, by Margaret Haywood (nee Banfield) can be found HERE

 CLASS OF 1952 Get Together/Lunch 2015 

 Some of Lou Russell's classmates got together at the Tooradin Hotel, to help celebrate his 80th birthday in October.  Pictured from left to right are;        Marion Wulf (nee Smith) Lou Russell, Dawn Wilson ( nee Rowley) Joan Risely (nee Brewer) Janice Pearson (nee Mitchell)

                                                                                   August 2015

DHS 'EXIES' AT BEACONSFIELD FOOTBALL  CLUB 125TH

 Pictured rendering a lusty version of the "The Best School Of All", while at the Beaconsfield Football club celebrations are: David Pateman, Laurie Barnes, Ian Meyer, Lou Russell, Graeme Pateman, Ray Gwozdziewski, Peter Zecola, and Brendan Milne

 CLASS OF 1979 REUNION    2014

 On 8 November 2014, an enthusiastic number of past students from the Class of 1979 got together for what is their fourth reunion. The latest occasion was held at "Atura", Dandenong. One of the organisers, Robert Grigg, has passed on a photo of the occasion, together with a couple of "comparison" pics of the  earlier functions.

                                                                                   1996                                   2009                                          2014

   

 REUNIONS OF OTHER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATED WITH DHS 

 October 2014

 Following the amalgamation of secondary schools at Dandenong and Doveton with the  Dandenong High School in 2008, a number of schools (under differing historical names)  are now eligible to apply to form separate "Chapters" of the DHS Ex-Students Association. These schools are: Dandenong Girls Secondary School; Cleeland Secondary College; Doveton High School; Doveton Technical School; Doveton Secondary College. Any past students from these schools who may be interested in forming such a body should contact the DHS Ex-Students Association at this email address:  gazzcazz@hotmail.com

In the meantime, this website will, from tome to time, include reunion and other information of interest to former staff and students from these former schools.  The first of these is below:

 DOVETON TECHNICAL SCHOOL REUNION

 The Doveton Technical College held a very successful reunion for all past students and teachers from 1963-1993 on Sunday October 12th 2014, at the Dandenong Workers Club (Wedge St) Organisers Chris Holland and Lance Murray were extremely pleased with the great interest shown, with over 160 attending, including  former Vice-Principals 98 year old Jim  Nuttall and Allan Wookey. Allan being  a member of the original 1963 staff team .  Noel Chapple, who had been Principal at the time of amalgamation with DHS, was the key speaker, drawing on a depth of knowledge and anecdotes, which strongly resonated with the assembled throng.

Here are a selection of photos from the day, as provided by Chris Holland: 

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DANDENONG GIRLS/CLEELAND

SECONDARY SCHOOLS REUNION


This reunion took place on Saturday 13 September 2014, with over seven hundred  excited ex-students and staff having a final look at their old school before it makes way for further developments of the enlarged Dandenong High School's playing fields. Many photos were taken, stories re-told, friendships renewed, in what was a peculiar mix of nostalgia and great fun.

Here is a collection of photos that were taken on the day:  Enjoy!

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       * *   For details of the 1958 Form 5 group's lunch on 25 October 2013, see " NEWS" items  on the previous  Page

 

CLASS OF 1952 REUNION:  (1947 - 1952 Student Group)

 On Saturday 27 October, 2012, there was an outstanding roll-up at DHS, when a total of 85 ex-students,  together with partners, attended the 60th Anniversary reunion of the "Class of 1952" . Several had travelled long distances from the country and inter-state, to climb the stairs to the old Physics room, where a light luncheon was served  amidst the slightly chaotic, yet overwhelmingly laughter-filled warmth of the occasion..

School Principal, Susan Ogden, after being welcomed by the group's spokesman and committee member, George Gill, gave a short address, in which she highlighted some of the the more recent changes and achievements within the school; most notably the addition of seven new 'House ' buildings, each providing accommodation for 300 students. Shortly afterwards, Mrs Ogden, together with Associate Principal, Mark Gow, conducted  the group over one of the new buildings, which,  when compared to the facilities students from sixty years ago thought normal, was an absolutely amazing experience.

The happy day concluded at 4:00 pm, following which a smaller number re-grouped a little later at a nearby restaurant, where further reminiscing ensued; and together with the aid of a little 'stimulis', it is reliably reported that a  range of old stories from the playing fields and classrooms of the past provided several new 'insights' as the evening wore on. J  

 Some of the large contingent arriving in the old physics room.  (The date shown on the photo should read 27 October.)

 Another section of the "class of '52"

 

CLASS OF 1962 REUNION

(1957 - 1962 Student Group) 

Nearly 40 ex-students, including partners and staff, assembled in the  school library for this reunion on 27 October, 2012,  October.  President of the Ex-Students Association and former '57/'62 student, Greta Jungwirth (deVries) welcomed all who attended, describing the program for the day, which included a very good display of photographs, as well as old DHS uniforms.  Greta introduced the Principal, Susan Ogden , who, in  echoing Greta's words of welcome, highlighted the planned tour of one of the new 'House' buildings, that would take place later in the afternoon.  (The seven new 'Schools within Schools', occupy all of the former oval, with the playing fields of the former Girls School/Cleeland Secondary College now utilised by the expanded DHS. )

After the 'marking of the roll', led by Gary Matthews, and a lusty singing  of  "We are the School", the group enjoyed a deliciuous lunch, and renewed old frienships.  'Exies' came from as far afield as Darwin, and Queensland. for the chance to meet up with their old friends from fifty years ago.

For ease of understanding, in all of the following photos, former student's school names have been used, rather than married names.

THE DATE OF 26 OCTOBER ON THE PHOTOS SHOULD READ 27 OCTOBER.

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Greta de Vries, Susan Ogden,  David Ogden, Mark Gow, Sally Dowman 

 "General Assembly"

 Peter Mitchell, Sergio Licit, Jim Maughan, Barbara Funston, Peter Austin (behind)

David Byrne, Greta de Vries, Ruth Evans, Pam Gilbert

 Carol Elletson, Carole Marsh, Jim Maughan

 Serg Licit

 David Byrne, Carol Elletson, Lorraine Schonville, Ruth Evans, June Piddock-Dean

 Joan Pickering, Lynette Waterstrom, Lorraine Schonville

Gail Jenkins, Susan Ogden, David Ogden 

Barara Trenery, Veronica Verhelst, Susan Martin, Loris Medlin 

 Ron Smith, Peter Mitchell, Lynette Waterstrom

Peter Mitchell, Noel Goldsmith and others 

Trevor Turner, Veronica Verhelst 

 Trevor Turner, Ira Longmuir

 School steps (new stained glass  window just visible above door)

School song with old House banners in background 

 

 CLASS OF 1960 50TH REUNION:

                THE MATRICULATION CLASS OF 1960 CELEBRATED ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

                         ON MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2010.  28 former students from the class attended  a very

                          enjoyable BBQ at Russ Weber's home at Mt Dandenong.                         

 

 

                Here's one of the photos taken >

 

               Here we see Alan Stocks, Tim Rogers

               and  Alan Barlee, sharing a moment.

                  See more details of the photos through the following links:

               PHOTO 2    PHOTO 3    PHOTO 4   PHOTO 5   PHOTO 6   PHOTO 7    PHOTO 8   PHOTO 9    PHOTO 10

                   PHOTO 11    PHOTO 12    PHOTO 13    PHOTO 14    PHOTO 15    PHOTO 16

                  (Then after opening photo, see names at top of screen, or Right click on photo, then select "properties")

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 90th ANNIVERSARY  

This was successfully held over the weekend of 12th and 13th of September 2009.   

The main event was preceded by two separate "decades"  functions, which were both extremely well attended.   People travelled from interstate and even overseas, with a further highlight, at the 20's/50's decade luncheon, being the surprise presentation of a Life Membership to long serving Ex-Students Association committee member, Don Metcalfe. Don, who is the Current Newsletter editor,  has been a member  of the Association since leaving school in the 1950's, has held virtually every office, as well as a period on the School Council, including time as President.

 

It is estimated that about 700 ex students, with their spouses, together with some staff, past and present, attended the main reunion celebration.This was held at the school on Sunday 13 September.

Guest speakers were Irene Marriott and Bob Glassborow, both students of the 1920's. Both Irene and Bob held the audience in rapt attention, as they re-called some of their experiences from those very earliest days of our school. 

  

 

 

Norma Rees (Campbell) Gary Matthews and Helen Loughman (Downes) meeting up at the reunion.  Both Norma and Helen travelled from the USA to be there. 

 At the conclusion of the afternoon assembly, as many as possible crowded onto the front lawn, to witness the unveiling of a plaque by the Minister of Veterans Affairs, re-dedicating the original two-storey building  as the "Langford Building", in honour of our first Headmaster, Mr Percy Langford.  The plaque was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs  in recognition of the fact that the school's colours were chosen by Gallipoli veteran Mr Langford, who re-called the colours of his 4th Lighthorse  regiment. The plaque's design and wording emphasises this link. 

  VIDEO OF ANNIVERSARY

If anyone knows of the existence of private video footage of the 90th anniversary  would you please contact me at dhsexstudents@gmail.com      If we are able to obtain a copy, this would be a most useful addition to our archives.   

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