Esperance’s first High School celebrates 50 years of friendship

Esperance’s first High School celebrates 50 years of friendship

All past students, parents, teachers and friends are invited to attend an open day at Esperance Senior High School on September 10, 2016, followed by a Sundowner at

Esperance Bay Yacht Club to celebrate the school’s 50 years of service to the community.

The school was hurriedly built following an influx in the Esperance population in the 1950s and 60s.

It was opened in 1956 as a Junior High School and the hostel followed in 1967 to accommodate students from out of town. It became a High School with the official opening in what is now the gymnasium on October 7, 1966.

Next month’s Open Day on Saturday September 10 will exhibit all facets of the school today – including tours of the art rooms; home economics wing; trades area; Esperance Residential College; the Junior Campus; school band performances; Devonshire teas; sausage sizzles; along with a giant display of historic memorabilia including all Jumbunnas (the school annual yearbook); uniforms and much more in the beautiful library complex.

The open day will run from 10am to 3pm with an official ceremony to be held at 1.30pm in the school quadrangle.

But the event is primarily being held to bring together everyone who has attended the school to re-unite and reflect.

For many, the school holds special memories of friendships made and many life lessons learnt and the day will reconnect decades of students and teachers again.

People are being encouraged to contact their year groups to make sure that as many people know of the event as possible.

For sale on the day will be a special Jumbunna 50 year edition ($20), USBs with all years of photos on it ($10), a special memorabilia tea towel and water bottles.

The sundowner that evening at the Yacht Club will kick off at 6pm.

Finger food will be available and bars will be open for refreshments.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from the school administration or go on line to

For more information, you can also go to the Facebook Page:

Over 100 people have already registered (mostly from out of town) and locals are being encouraged to book now to help with catering.

For more information on the Sundowner, you can contact Julie Kent on 0429 160 759 or go to the ESHS website: