Lessons from 40 years


Kate Tucker, who first attended Southern River College in 2001, Kim Prescott-Brown, who attended in 1978, 1977 student and current principal Everal Pearse and Kirsten Dowd, who attended in 1993. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d450335
Kate Tucker, who first attended Southern River College in 2001, Kim Prescott-Brown, who attended in 1978, 1977 student and current principal Everal Pearse and Kirsten Dowd, who attended in 1993. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d450335

The school is celebrating 40 years after opening its doors in 1976.

Back then it was named Gosnells Senior High School, but it changed its name in 2006.

Four staff members who previously attended the college all agreed that ‘once a Gozzy girl, always a Gozzy girl”.

Principal Everal Pearse first attended the college in 1977, a year after it opened, and said a lot had changed since she was a student.

“I think the opportunities that are here now are far greater than they were in 1977,” she said.

“There are just so many programs for kids and (the school has) a great connection with the local community.”

She said some of the changes that had improved in the school were the structure and the curriculum, as well as the programs offered.

English teacher and Year 11 co-coordinator Kate Tucker attended the college as a student in the early 2000s.

She said the biggest change was that the school was now very much communitybased.

“I think we have a very unique culture here,” she said.

“There is a lot more support and opportunities that were just never available; what they offer now is sensational.”