Hello again everyone.
It constantly amazes me how fast we find ourselves in December each year. I am sure it is a function of our lifestyles that see us balancing work, family, friends and self. A balancing act that I am no where near mastering! I think back to my memories of the last weeks of the school year. It was this time of the year, in December, you could “smell” the summer school holidays upon you but you could not, yet, quite reach out and grab them.
Like many of you I am sure, I always turn an ear to the radio or television when I hear of the release of the HSC results At this time the graduating class waits with baited breath, their HSC results due in less than a week, grasp the fruits of their labour and make some important decisions about the next steps in their life journey. Of course, in my time, on one of those early summer days of January 1980, it meant staring down the street waiting for the whistle and finally the sight of the postman on his pushbike and nervously trying to, but not really wanting to, open the big white Dept of Education envelope. These days, it’s a click of mouse away over the internet or an SMS to a mobile phone.
We wish the 2008 class well in making their future decisions and congratulate them all for their efforts at JRAHS and, of course, welcome them to the ex-students union which they will be part of for life.
The school of course is now only a few months away from the start of its 50th anniversary year with a range of events in the final stages of planning. The biggest of these events being the fete, concert and fireworks on Saturday April 4th. Keep your calendars clear!
It would also be remiss of me not to mention the burgeoning plans for my own 30th reunion for the class of ’79, which is tentatively being planned for Saturday October 3rd. For those of you who remember our 25th & 27th reunions, I am sure you will be back if at all possible! Stay tuned for more details next year.
Thanks to those “old boys” who have made email contact with me since the September newsletter. Most of them from the very early years of the school and all VERY KEEN to be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations next year. It has been good to hear of your stories of your time at the school in the 1960’s and the school looks forward to welcoming you back to help us mark its semi centennial year and for you to catch up with the “old and the bold”.
Best wishes to all ex-students and their families for a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy start to the New Year.
“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then, this parting was well made” (Julius Caesar, Act V)
Till next time.
Paul Harris (1979)
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