THE final classes at Wonthaggi Secondary College’s McBride campus were topped off with the iconic mine whistle going off at 3.30pm last Thursday.
It marked the end of an era for the tens of thousands of students, teachers and other staff members who have been involved with the high school and the former technical school.
But now, just over two years since the State Government funding was announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, the new senior campus on McKenzie Street is ready to go for 2020 classes.
So, it was mixed emotions last week when students and teachers farewelled the McBride campus with the mine whistle – thanks to the Friends of the State Coal Mine.
Principal Darren Parker said they were moving furniture into the new campus last week.
“And amongst it all, we’re saying goodbye.
“It’s not lost on us just how big of a deal it is; it’s hitting home for many of our staff who have been here a long time,” he said last Thursday.
“I’ve been here since 1988 and Marg O’Donnell (campus principal) arrived in 1986.
“Currently, our Facebook interactions are around 16,000 for this issue… you can’t take for granted the connection people have with this place; people from Queensland have commented on it, and others have referenced the generations of their family that have gone through it.”
Since 1922, the McBride campus has been the home of education for generations of people in the Bass Coast area.
He said an exciting future exists but they absolutely respect the tradition and history of the school.
Tours are being held today (Tuesday, December 10) for community members to tour the McBride campus.
The tours will be led by members of the college’s leadership team and commence in the morning at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am.
If you are interested, please meet a school representative at the front of the school entrance. Visitors must be part of the tour groups to access the site.
End of an era for Wonthaggi Secondary College’s McBride campus