Rosny College originals set to celebrate 50 years

Foundation students and staff who established Rosny College in the early ‘70s will reunite in September to celebrate the school’s 50-year anniversary.

The initial enrolment of 300 students and 40 staff are invited to get together on 14 September to mark a major milestone for the college, which was ahead of its time when it opened in 1973.

With academic study complemented by a variety of exam-free elective subjects and a broad choice of sporting activities, Rosny College offered a comprehensive program designed to appeal to a wider range of student needs than a traditional Tasmanian college.

Former student Peter Marmion said the founding students at Rosny College embraced the adventure of being part of an educational experiment.

“Going from a fairly traditional high school with a strict timetable to an open-plan college with no uniform and two subject lines a day was mind-blowing,” he said.

“We knew we were guinea pigs with far greater freedoms than students at other colleges, but we took it on board and so did the staff.

We were all very privilege to be part of it and to see Rosny College develop in both size and reputation over the decades has been gratifying.”

Armed with the first ever Rosny College yearbook, founding student Jenny Dudgeon has been trying to track down the class of 1973 ahead of the 50th anniversary event, which now has a public Facebook group.

“Social media has been useful but it certainly won’t get to everyone,” Ms Dudgeon said.

“We’d like to reach out to the community to tell family or friends who were Rosny College founders about the reunion.”

For more information about the reunion contact Rosny Ms Dudgeon on 0438 283 872.


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