The Esperance Senior High School Education Support Centre celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
The event was held on October 23 at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club, with past and present staff and students invited.
School council members, Department of Education Goldfields regional executive director Ken Perris and the administrators Esperance Senior High School also helped celebrate the major milestone.
Photographs, articles and stories were displayed, showcasing the history of the school from 1998 till the present day.
School Leaders Gabby Villamayor and Zac McLean served as MCs.
The event featured a speech by Pam Gardner who established an education support unit at Esperance Senior High School.
The unit was the first opportunity for students with disabilities to move from a separate campus to a mainstream campus in Esperance.
Founding teacher and current principal Megan Reed spoke about the school’s early successes and challenges and the importance of the school.
Fellow principal Keenan Rodericks spoke about this school year.
Attendees also heard from school council members and former students about how the centre supported them in becoming successful adults and their continued involvement.
A letter was read from founding principal John Charlton about the establishment of the centre and its early days.
Ms Reed said the school’s vision was ‘young people, empowered to make choices, participating in and contributing to their community’.
“It was wonderful to see so many great examples of this vision coming to fruition,” she said.
“Former students eagerly shared their achievements as adults in the community, as employees, volunteers, parents, carers, husbands, wives, club members, committee members and friends.
“They shared their success in buying their own homes, travelling the country and the world and representing their country in sporting events.”
Ms Reed said the sense of community and belonging at the event was amazing and would be remembered.