1969 Foundation Staff & Students

Cobden Technical School 50th Anniversary

2019 saw Cobden Technical School celebrate its 50th birthday. Over the weekend of 19th – 20th October, which was also Cobden’s Spring Festival, a series of activities were available to allow past and present students, parents and teachers to reconnect with the school.

From humble beginnings - a few rundown portables at the Cobden Sports Oval in 1969 - to the large open spaces we see today, the school has a unique connection to our district. It is the school that locals petitioned the state government to build for their children. It’s the school and community that helped fund 2 new flats to encourage teachers to come to the town.

From being an all-boys school, to co-education; from students finishing at the end of Year 11, to Open Units, to T12, TOP, to VCE, to VET in Schools and VCAL.

The school has been a proud stand-alone technical school from its inception and the weekend is a time to honour the vision of those who lobbied for its establishment; applaud the many hundreds of students who passed through its corridors and remember all those teachers who spent the formative years of their careers at the Tech.

The school was opened from 12 noon until 5pm on Saturday and 10am until 1pm on Sunday, and many interested members of the community visited the school. There was be plenty of opportunities to both admire and chuckle while looking back on 50 fabulous years of technical education in our community.

Displays of past photos and other memorabilia were arranged in various classrooms for all to see and engage with. Classrooms were opened over the 2 days. Visitors strolled through the new Trade Training Centre, while reminiscing about their hours in the old ‘tech wing’ and what they got up to that your teachers are still none the wiser about. They compared the models of their day with the major pieces of furniture produced by students today. Opportunities were discovered across the school today in VCE, VCAL, TAFE certificates and the time-honoured trade skills. Visitors compared their years of cooking in the small, hot old Room 13 with the modern airconditioned 2-room kitchen and classroom in the A-Wing today. They also contrasted their experiences in the science rooms of yesteryear with the purpose-built Peter Rock Science Wing of today.

The South Purrumbete and Pomborneit North school rooms of many childhoods were relocated to the Tech in the 1990s.  They were available for people to walk through and revisit.

There was a wonderful dinner on Saturday night at the Cobden Golf Club, where stories tall and short were shared over a convivial drink or two. The night also saw the launch of a book about technical education in Victoria, written by Monash University academic John Pardy. Past and present staff at the Tech contributed to the research, so the publication was of tremendous interest to our community.

A CTS 50th Facebook page was created where articles and photos down the years can be accessed, as well as news about the celebration activities. Join the group and Share with others of the Tech community who are spread far and wide. To access the page, simply go to the school’s existing Facebook page and follow the link. So, pass the message on: it will be back-to-party-time in Cobden!!

© Copyright 2019 Cobden Technical School