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From the Archives

Do you have Zoom fatigue? Are you feeling nostalgic for whole school meetings; sitting next to one another in the same room? Forty years ago, staff and students felt a little differently about the weekly gathering known as ‘General Assembly’.

Some recently unearthed Staff Meeting minutes from September 1980 include this comment:

General Assembly: the students will be sent back to classrooms for another practice if the usual shambles at entry occurs.

It seems that students weren’t keen on the “frightful torture” that was the General Assembly either. Some Year 12 students formed a committee resolving to, “dispel the misery of the rest of the school,” by providing some entertainment. By their own account, they were successful…at least once:

At the last General Assembly, it was obvious that students and even teachers were giggling, chuckling, laughing, falling off their seats and rolling around on the floor in fits of hysterical laughter. The reason? The Anti-Litter Seek skit! Such vivacity, such zeal and enthusiasm have rarely been seen on such occasions. (1980 Yearbook)

Unfortunately, we have no photos of this event – no convenient iPhones in 1980!

Maureen McAuley

College Archivist
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