Tweed River High School students at a Monday-morning assembly.
Tweed River High School students at a Monday-morning assembly.

From nibs to netbooks in 50 years

TWEED River High School has kicked off celebrations for the school's 50th anniversary this week.

The school officially opened on January 31, 1961 and tens of thousands of students have passed through the ranks since.

Principal Narelle Howell has been at the school for 10 years and said a lot has changed since the school was established.

“We've got about 940 students here now,” she said.

“Back in the day before Kingscliff High opened it was 1450 (students).”

Gone are the days of dipping a nib pen into an ink well.

“(There is now) lots of technology, all the students in year nine, 10, 11 have got netbooks,” Ms Howell said.

The school infrastructure has also been significantly developed in the last 50 years.

“We've had a $4.5m upgrade in recent years plus $1m upgrade a year before so we've had about $6m in upgrades.”

And Ms Howell said the school had long had the reputation of being the top school in the state.

“Geographically ... we're it,” she said.

“We are on the border, we are the border school.”

Tonight an open evening for School Education Week will be held at the school from 5.30pm to 8.00pm with live performances and discussions on education.

On Saturday a school open day will be held from 2 pm to 4pm.

One of the highlights will be the unpacking of a time capsule and burying of another one to be opened in the future.

On Saturday evening there will be a celebration and reunion evening to wrap up the celebrations.



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