THE last school siren to sound out over Hamilton Senior High in December will not only signal the end of another school year, but also bring to an end more than 50 years of history.
The school, established in 1962, will merge with South Fremantle Senior High School on Lefroy Road and will be launched as Fremantle College in 2018.
Since term four in 2016, deputy principal Robert Moule and his team have been meticulously combing through years of archives and memorabilia that will be presented in the lead up to the school’s closure.
Mr Moule, who has been deputy for 26 years, said it was important nothing was overlooked so the history and successes shared by staff and some 50,000 students were not forgotten in the merger.
“The amount of information that is contained in the archives is massive, ranging from student activities and achievements, innovations and also a huge amount of visual materials to support the documented events,” he said.
“We have had many athletes come through Hamilton and represent Australia and academics, including educators who have become directors, principals and professors.”
Mr Moule said the school archives had been well organised over the years, with any gaps in the information to be filled using Education Department resources and the Battye Library.
“Fortunately, I have got very diligent colleagues working with me so the load has been spread,” he said.
Two events are being planned for the school’s final year, with a fair to be held in September.
The final activity for the wider community will be held on November 25.
That will include dinner, drinks and entertainment from past school bands, as well as slideshows farewelling the school and a final auction of school memorabilia.
“People have been contacting us through the Official Hamilton Senior High School Facebook page and the school web page,” Mr Moule said.