Centenary Heights State High School - celebrating 50 years in 2018

50 Yar reunion
In 2018, Centenary Heights State High School is celebrating 50 years in the Toowoomba community. So many wonderful students, families, teachers, parents, staff and volunteers have contributed to the outstanding reputation the school has in the Toowoomba community. To commemorate this significant milestone a number of exciting initiatives have been scheduled throughout the year.

Community Fair

Our final 50 Year Celebration was the CHSHS Community Fair held on Sunday, 4 November. It was a hot, fun filled day with sides show alley rides, exciting activities from our Student Leader Group and Year Levels, two performance stages with wonderful performances from our School ensembles and surrounding primary schools. Beautiful market stalls from talented members of our community and many delicious food and drink vendors were operating on the day. The Fashion Parade, Art Show and busking were additional activities that allowed the current students to showcase their creativity to the wider community. The day concluded at the terraces with a night time screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’.
Aside from the side show alley rides, crowd favourites were the Year 8 Sno Cones, the Fashion Parade, the slurpee vendor, the entertainment stages, the memorabilia room and the Dunk the Teacher Tank. Thank you to our sponsors, current and past students, parents, staff and members of the wider community who volunteered their time and skills. Without your support the Community Fair would not have been possible.
The Community Fair, Carnival of Flowers Float, First Coat Mural and 50 Year Reunion were made a reality due to the efforts of the 50 Year Planning Committee. This group consisted of Tracey Kessels (50 Year Coordinator), Wayne Heading (P&C President), Christy Parker (Music Coordinator), Jodi Robinson (Creative Director) and Julie Whittaker (Admin Support). Thank you all for your hard work and dedication in bringing these exciting initiatives and events to our school and making our 50th year a memorable year.

Carnival of Flowers

On Saturday, 22 September the School entered a float in the Carnival of Flowers Parade. The float and procession represented the trends in music, hair, accessories and the school uniform in each decade from 1968 – 2018.
Carnival of flowers
In 2018, the parade theme was ‘The Secret Garden’. The ‘Centenary Heights Secret Garden’ was a pond, full of life, with a live band that rocked the audience with a soundtrack of hits from the last 50 years, while the School Ute was transformed into the ‘Centenary Heights Memory Garden’ showcasing class photos through the years of students and staff.
Group photo
The creation of the entry involved over 100 participants including past and present students, staff, parents and future students. Thank you to everyone involved in this project, especially the Creative Director Jodi Robinson, Music Director Christy Parker and Walking Group Coordinator Rachael Mayers. This project was supported by Toowoomba Regional Council.


Beautification Project

In Week 7, we welcomed First Coat Artist Ian McCallum to create a 
commemorative Mural in the W Block courtyard. This P&C initiative has not only 
been a beautification project to be admired for years to come, but has also been a fabulous educational experience for the students to speak with a practising 
artist and observe the Mural creation process. 

50 Year Reunion Lunch and Tours

On Saturday 28 April Centenary Heights State High School hosted a 50 Year Reunion for Past Students, Staff and Volunteers. The current student leaders conducted complimentary school tours to approximately 400 guests and the Reunion Lunch was enjoyed by over 200 Past Students, Staff and Volunteers.
We were fortunate enough to have many special guests attend the reunion -  Mr Brian Jentz (Past Principal), Mr Earle Obst (first P&C President) and the majority of the Foundation Students from 1968.
Thank you to everyone that attended this event and made it a truly memorable occasion. Thank you also to the current staff, student leaders and members of the P&C that generously volunteered their time in making the 50 Year Reunion an enjoyable event for all.
Last reviewed 09 June 2020
Last updated 09 June 2020