The Esperance Residential College is holding an open day to celebrate 50 years since their official opening.
The college will hold a free open day on September 8 from 8:00am to 1:00pm to celebrate half a century since it officially opened on March, 1 1968.
The open day will provide an opportunity for past and present students, parents and staff to tour the facilities, review the college’s history and enjoy light refreshments.
College administration and finance officer Tracey Bishop said the college initially served the surrounding farming areas of Esperance with 40 students in the first cohort.
The college currently has 95 students enrolled, with a capacity for 114, and 15 staff members.
Ms Bishop said students were enrolled in the college, not only from the Goldfields-Esperance region, but even from the far north of WA and the city.
“We’ve got students from Karratha and Port Hedland so it’s quite vast now,” she said.
“There are parents who nominate their children for this school because of the excellent reputation of Esperance Senior High School.
“The high school have a really good farm school so [families from the city] chose Esperance because of the farm program.”
Ms Bishop said the college had been through various expansions and developments over the years including major upgrades in 2014.
The college originally had 24 rooms and has 90 today.
College manager Peter Jarzabek said past students and staff had many fond memories from their time at the college and the open day would be a chance to gather and share memories and reunite with old friends.
“Esperance Residential College is always promoting lifelong friendships and it’s an opportunity to come back and seize upon those friendships,” he said.
Mr Jarzabek said a highlight for some would be to see the fig tree which many students had climbed and held sentimental value for past and present cohorts.
He said the college was a great asset for the whole Esperance community as parents visiting the school spent money in town.
Ms Bishop said the college had started to advertise the open day on Facebook and we’re hoping for between 500 to 1000 people to come through.
Photos will be displayed and the college is asking former students, staff and parents to get in touch if they have any old photos.
For more information or to contact the college regarding the open day, call Tracey Bishop on 9071 9662, email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the event Facebook Page.