The old and the new school. Former Lismore High School students and current Lismore High School students pictured with some of the school's awards, the school is hosting an upcoming 50 year reunion. Pictured L-R Hannah Sky, Diane Roy, Sam Brown, Jenny Winn, Jessica Steele, Glenda Fossey and Sharnee Fry.
The old and the new school. Former Lismore High School students and current Lismore High School students pictured with some of the school's awards, the school is hosting an upcoming 50 year reunion. Pictured L-R Hannah Sky, Diane Roy, Sam Brown, Jenny Winn, Jessica Steele, Glenda Fossey and Sharnee Fry. Patrick Gorbunovs

Former Lismore students prove friendship lasts a lifetime

LISMORE High School ex-students prove true friendship lasts a lifetime.

And 50 years on, students who completed their schooling at Lismore High in 1963 are celebrating half a decade of companionship as well as bumping into friends they haven't seen for years at their reunion weekend today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Ex-students Glenda Fossey and event organiser Jenny Winn started school together at East Lismore Public School.

They went to Lismore High School and eventually to university in Armidale together.

"It's so lovely having that camaraderie of being friends with someone for years," Ms Fossey said.

"And even if we haven't seen each other for years, when we catch up it's just like no time has passed at all because we're so passionate about the school and we've got that in common."

PAST AND PRESENT: The old and the new school. Former and current Lismore High School students with some of the school’s awards. The school is to host a 50th year reunion. Pictured are (from left) Hannah Sky, Diane Roy, Sam Brown, Jenny Winn, Jessica Steele, Glenda Fossey and Sharnee Fry.
PAST AND PRESENT: The old and the new school. Former and current Lismore High School students with some of the school’s awards. The school is to host a 50th year reunion. Pictured are (from left) Hannah Sky, Diane Roy, Sam Brown, Jenny Winn, Jessica Steele, Glenda Fossey and Sharnee Fry. Patrick Gorbunovs

Ms Winn has been organising the school reunion for months, finding the names of ex-students on electoral rolls and looking them up in the phone book.

"I'm very pleased to have tracked down almost everyone who was in our grade, even those who got their Leaving Certificates early and didn't graduate with us in 1963," Ms Winn, who now lives in Sydney, said.

"It's nice to be able to come back to Lismore and bring some money into the town with us all staying here."

However, the reunion isn't just an opportunity for ex-students to reconnect with each other; it will be a time for four delegates just beginning Year 12 to find out about the traditions of their school.

One delegate, Hannah Sky, said it was a privilege to be able to attend the reunion.

"I can't wait to get some knowledge about what school was like in the past," Ms Sky said. "It will be good to see the differences between then and today."

Lismore High School students and staff from 1958 to 1963 are encouraged to attend any number of events over the weekend with the dinner at the Gateway Motel on Ballina Rd, Lismore.

Those interested in attending can phone Jenny Hoey on 0402 246 935 for more details.


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