Mini primary school reunion a success in Calista

On grass: Kelly Teeuwen, Karen Ballintijn, Craig Perry, Martin Christie, Richard Taylor and Darren Hart. Chairs:
Stephen Curley, Cheryl Khosravi (Liva),  Julia Russell ( Howard),  Sharon Harding,  Loretta Iriks ( Frost) and Allan Butler.
Standing: Ron Burton. Vicki Roberts (Martin), Gavin Dirks, Kelly Burton, Cathy Broadbent (Watts), Hillary Armstrong (Greg) and Derek Cromb (school teacher). Photo: Nyssa Taylor
On grass: Kelly Teeuwen, Karen Ballintijn, Craig Perry, Martin Christie, Richard Taylor and Darren Hart. Chairs: Stephen Curley, Cheryl Khosravi (Liva), Julia Russell ( Howard), Sharon Harding, Loretta Iriks ( Frost) and Allan Butler. Standing: Ron Burton. Vicki Roberts (Martin), Gavin Dirks, Kelly Burton, Cathy Broadbent (Watts), Hillary Armstrong (Greg) and Derek Cromb (school teacher). Photo: Nyssa Taylor

FINDING old classmates from decades ago is no mean feat – however Richard Taylor did it with a successful reunion held in Calista last Saturday.

The theme of the reunion was to match as closely as possible an old 1980 photograph of students from that year at Calista Primary School.

Mr Taylor said he managed to locate the majority of the students from the decades-old class.

“I organised a mini reunion, where we recreated a school photo from 1980 at Calista Primary School,” he said.

“Some of these students haven’t seen each other in 38 years.

“It is also a milestone year for some of those students who are celebrating 50th birthdays this year.”

He was a little sad that not all students could make it for the photo.

“This started as a small idea, once I knew I had six people interested, I made it a plan,” he said.

“I would have liked all 49 students back to the school – it’s taken 12 months to try and track people down, some I’ve had help with from other ex students, many I just couldn’t find.

“Social media has been a great help.

“Having our old teacher Derek Cromb there was a great highlight of the photo reunion.. many thought he was a student they couldn’t remember, but were surprised when they found out who he was!

“But I was happy with the turnout – it’s been 38 years since some of us have seen each other.

“We have vowed to stay in contact from now on.

He also thanked Calista Primary School for giving him the opportunity to make it happen.