Around 40 students from the Eden Marine High School graduating year of 2003 gathered to celebrate 10 years since high school on Saturday.
Former students who have remained local and those who have moved further abroad descended on the Oakland’s Event Centre to revisit their high school years and share stories about their doings since then.
Those who attended enjoyed canapés and drinks among friends before a few formalities and then danced the night away.
After a buffet dinner, then head-teacher Keith Broomfield addressed the group with a quick-witted speech and spoke about its history and the effect the year had taken on the school.
“You came to school when it was Eden Marine Technology High School,” Mr Broomfield said.
“By the time you left, it was just an ordinary Eden Marine High School.”
Mr Broomfield told the group of changes in administration which had allowed the school to alter the students’ education and saw improvements which began with the 2003 graduating year.
“There were a lot of changes in the front office during the first part of your schooling,” he said on the night.
“Those changes make things happen in the culture of the school and you were the lighthouse group.”
He said the school had been able to streamline what students were taught and the year had seen a flow-on effect increase scores school-wide.
“There was a whole lift in the school and that was because of you [students] and you were the first group to do so.
“That made me a very proud old man to be the head teacher at Eden High School,” he said.
Broomfield said the night could not have happened without the efforts of an organising committee.
Kate Liston, Holli Thomas, Kristie Lee, Meghan Brewster-Manly, Mitch Nadin and Bec Ainsworth were all thanked for their contributions to the night in the usual manner – zooper dooper ice blocks.
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