Como Secondary College celebrates 50th anniversary inviting all staff

Former dance teacher Anne Stingemore, former principal Ross Sweeney, Principal Digby Mercer, HASS teacher Daine Lander and Science teacher Greg Stokes in front of the wall of Como Secondary College legends. Picture: David Baylis
Former dance teacher Anne Stingemore, former principal Ross Sweeney, Principal Digby Mercer, HASS teacher Daine Lander and Science teacher Greg Stokes in front of the wall of Como Secondary College legends. Picture: David Baylis

WITH specialised hockey, music and academic programs, Como Secondary College has much to celebrate after opening its doors 50 years ago.

A function for staff past and present to celebrate its 50th anniversary will be held at the school on Friday, March 23.

Principal Digby Mercer said part of the biggest change he had seen as he enters his 11th year as principal was the rise of the internet and social media.

“It changes the implication of teaching and the way people interact with each other,” he said.

Mr Mercer said hundreds of teachers had set foot in the school during the 50 years.

“For many of our teachers, they’ve spent much of their career here,” he said.

Like former student Daine Lander, who was in the graduating class of 2009 and started teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015.

“There’s a lot more diversity in the school now and it reflects the wider community,” she said.

Former principal Ross Sweeney, who was in the role from 2000 to 2008, said he wanted the State school to have the same self-respect as those who went to its neighbouring schools.

“The challenge was to create a worthy and distinctive school in the company of elite private schools,” he said.

Como Senior High School opened in 1969 and changed its name to Como Secondary College in the late 1990s.

Contact 9365 2000 or Como.SC.50th@education.wa.edu.au for tickets and enquiries about the function.