celebrating 30 years of our wonderful school (Nov 2015)
On November 29, 2015 Sherbrooke Community School celebrated its 30 year milestone in style!
The festival and reunion was a huge hit with the school grounds filled with past and present students, staff, parents and community members.
There were theatre performances by primary students, music by past and present students, dancing, market stalls, food trucks, smoothie bikes, silent auctions, raffles, games, art mural installations, afternoon tea, tree plantings and photo displays.
Perhaps the most popular place to be on the day was the reunion tent. It was great to see so many ex students (‘Sherbies forever’) catching up and sharing stories from the old days.
A highlight of the festival for many was having original principal and school founder, Collin Hollow, and second principal, Bob Sheppard, return to Sassafras to celebrate with us.
Thanks to everyone who came along and made this event so much fun! We can't wait for the next one!
community art installation
Each year the art room goes through a visual metamorphosis, changing its skin to adapt to a new climate.
This year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of SCS, students were invited to contribute design ideas and concepts for the new mural paint up. These concept drawings were then taken through another process of design with Rod and young local street artist, Connor Blake, who refined the students’ ideas into working pieces for the mural.
Still in its early stages, this will be an ongoing mural project that the school community will see develop over the coming summer months.
Sherbie market stalls
As part of the official ceremony on festival day some special guest were invited to plant trees as a lasting memorial of the occasion.
Led by former student, Jordan Crook, and sustainability teacher, Denise Dempsey, primary students helped the VIPs plant the new garden at the front of the language lab. The chosen plants were:
* Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species. It is also used as a herbal supplement to improve memory. It is Chinese in origin (linking us with our sister schools) and will remind us of all the great memories held at Sherbrooke Community School.
Two trees planted by James Merlino, Victorian Minister for Education and Collin Hollow, first principal of Sherbrooke.
* Musk Daisy Bush (Olearia argophylla) is characteristic of wet sclerophyll forest. It is very tough and can survive many calamities – just like Sherbrooke has done and will continue to do.
Planted by Robert Shepherd, first Vice Principal and later, second Principal of Sherbrooke.
* Soft Tree-fern (Dicksonia antarctica ) , unlike many Australian plants they don’t respond well to fire. Therefore they are only found in older bush areas like rainforest, which rarely burn.
Two ferns planted by Sue Holmes – current acting Principal and Denise Dempsey, sustainability teacher.
* Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is a native wattle prolific in the hills. It survives fires and is long living.
Planted by Cr Mike Clarke, Shire of Yarra Ranges Lyster Ward and Samantha Dunn, MLC for Eastern Metropolitan. These trees will go towards making up an avenue of wattles adjacent to the basketball court.