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18 June, 2020

ASHS documents 60 years of history

Atherton State High School (ASHS) is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and to celebrate a documentary about the school’s history and culture is being made to be shown at an open air movie night.

By Rhys Thomas

Atherton State High School (ASHS) is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and to celebrate a documentary about the school’s history and culture is being made to be shown at an open air movie night.

Spearheaded by the schools leading senior body and administrative staff, the documentary will be peering into the past history of ASHS and will include old photos and videos and even interviews of past teachers and students.

Initially to celebrate their 60th anniversary on March 26, an open air movie night was planned but it has since been rescheduled to September where the documentary will be played.

The documentary videos aim is to celebrate the long standing history of the school and reminisce on the 60 years of life that the school has given the region.

ASHS Vice Captain Justin Kettenberg is excited about the response that they are receiving for the documentary.

“Everyone has really jumped on the idea and we have had so many positive responses,” he said.

“We all expected it to go well but we didn’t expect the response we got from the video we made asking people to send in their photos, videos and memories.

“Anything that helps the students form a deeper connection with the school and instil a sense of pride and culture is a great thing.

“That video was really how we got the message out there so now most of the community is aware of what we’re trying to do.”

Past teachers and students have even offered to come in to the school and give a tour about how the school grew and developed over the years, creating a long lasting image of what the school was and what it has become.

ASHS Vice Captain Chantene Viljoun believes that ASHS’s 60 year history and memory is what makes the school unique.

“The history and culture surrounding our school is what makes it Atherton,” she said.

“We are not here without the history that came before us so it’s important to educate the students and the community on the schools growth.”

The documentary is due to be completed in a few months ready for the open air movie night in September and will allow the community to watch the life of their local school flash before their eyes.


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