There were many tall tales told by former staff and students of Eden Marine High School during the school’s 40th anniversary reunion gala dinner at the Eden Fishermen’s Recreation Club on Saturday night.
Masters of Ceremonies Tony McDonell and Peter Ranyard had the 140-strong crowd buzzing and then passed the microphone around the room inviting stories that these days could be told without fear of detention.
A bottle of wine was offered as a lure and soon had tongues wagging.
“It was a fantastic night and there were many wonderful stories,” said organiser and former EMHS deputy principal Mike Sheppard.
“Dick Gilmour, who was a very popular teacher, got a rousing reception and he was fabulous.
“And there was a terrific story about one student who used to enjoy making bombs out of Milo tins.
“He was caught by the science teacher who was more interested in the chemical compounds he used rather than punishing the lad.”
Saturday’s dinner was the highlight of the two-day event with people travelling from all over Australia to be at the reunion, some gathering in the library where there was a display of photos, old magazines and other memorabilia.
For some it had been many years since they had last met.
Cathy High was heard to exclaim, “Mr Sheppard?” as the guests mingled. Cathy was in the first Year 7 class at the new school and went through to Year 12 and was thrilled to again meet the former deputy principal as well as local legend Arty Edwards.
“I was a Merimbula girl and used to come into school on Arty’s bus,” she said.
At the official assembly, student Brett Ralph performed for the gathered current and former staff and students with guest speakers James Webb, Gail Carter, Mayor Tony Allen, Peter Ranyard and Dave Funnell giving their accounts of the school’s history and how important it has become.
And the mystery artist who drew the caricatures in the 1982 school magazine was revealed.
The Magnet office received a phone call to say that it was Brett Robinson who had penned the excellent drawings of school staff.