Former and current Shepparton High School students celebrate 110 years of history

By Ilias Bakalla

Shepparton High School celebrated 110 years of history with an open day for present and former students to reflect on the school before the site is transformed into the Greater Shepparton Secondary College.

But as one door closes, another will open, according to principal Christine Cole.

“Because it’s also new beginnings for education in the area,” Ms Cole said.

“The school has always been about providing the local kids with the best opportunities possible in life.”

Shepparton's Louise McDade-Cartney, who was a student between 1971 and 1974 and has been teaching at the school since 2003, said she often got flashbacks from her earlier years.

“I think about where I used to sit with my friends and eat a buttered roll with chicken salted chips,” Ms McDade-Cartney said.

Julie Natalizio is also a teacher at the school, responsible for maths and science for 25 years. She also designed the primary science program.

“We bring in Year 6 students to get used to high school before they begin,” Ms Natalizio said.

Both teachers welcomed the opportunities the new school would bring.

Shepparton's Neville McArthur, 88, graduated in 1948, and said he remembered finding out World War II had ended while at school.

“We were so excited we began rocking one of the teacher's cars in the car park,” Mr McArthur said.

“There were so many restrictions back in those days, we could never get a hold of any confectionery.”

Mr McArthur has a photo of himself sitting on top of the Shepparton High entrance after being dared to by his mates on their last day.

The Greater Shepparton Secondary College is set to open in 2022 and will cater for about 2700 students.

The $100 million project will merge the four secondary schools in Mooroopna and Shepparton. Shepparton High School, Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College and McGuire College.