Thu, 01/12/2011

Mary recently joined a reunion of current and past students and teachers of Narrabundah College to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary.

Narrabundah High School, as it was then known, opened as Canberra’s third High School, in 1961, and was later re-formed as Narrabundah College after the ACT developed its own education system in 1976.

“Narrabundah College has long been recognised for its excellent student academic and artistic outcomes,” Mary stated.

Since 1961, Narrabundah High School and then the College has seen thousands of young people pass though its doors, providing them with a fantastic education, and equipping them with necessary tools to give them the best possible start in life.

Notable alumni of Narrabundah College include Tim Ferguson, Australian comedian and TV presenter, Martin Craft, a founding member of the Australian rock band Sidewinder who now works as a songwriter in London, and Helen Razer, a well-known newspaper columnist and radio presenter.

“As the Patron of the Canberra and Area Theatre Awards, formally known as CATS, I often see references to the College in the program notes of many local and some regional performances,” Mary commented.

Included in the celebrations was a display of classrooms set up reflecting each decade of the college’s history, musical performances from current and former students, college tours, food stalls, a second hand book shop and a time capsule presentation.

Narrabundah College is also highly regarded for its international student program, which attracts students from Asia, Europe and South America. The college offers 10 languages and an International Baccalaureate Diploma and French Baccalaureate program, in addition to the ACT Year 12 Certificate.

“This is a celebration of past growth and development of the school community as well as the achievements of current students and staff,” Mary said.

I congratulate all students, teachers, staff members, parents and volunteers who have contributed to making Narrabundah College the success it is today,” Mary concluded.