IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times.
It was 1977, when Kadina High School first opened its doors to a brand new Year 7 class. The school was new, there was no school oval, and getting to the bus stop in the wet meant wading though mud.
A Year 8 class had been assembled from other Lismore High schools, but the Year 7 intake was the first group to go right through high school at Kadina.
Last Saturday, 56 of those former Year 7 students gathered to celebrate 35 years since they started at Kadina.
They came from all over Australia, from Western Australia to Norfolk Island.
One of the reunion organisers was David Anderton, who now lives in Sydney; the other organisers were Liz Gray of Goonellabah, Anne Pearson of Brisbane, and Tracey Davis of Goonellabah.
"I remember being terrified of the older boys," David told The Echo.
"But I got rescued by some girls who took pity on me when they saw I was getting teased."
David said there were many advantages to being in a brand new school.
"We designed the school badge and motto ourselves," he said.
"The motto was 'Success with Honour'.
"And we didn't have a lot of older people to boss us around!"
As well as having a walk through the school on Saturday afternoon, the former schoolmates got together for a dinner at the Lismore Workers Club in the evening.