60s schoolkids up for reunion
IPSWICH and Brassall state high students from the class of 1962 have a lot to catch up on.
A reunion in June will range across Ipswich High's current site at Brassall, and the former technical college at the corner of Limestone and Ellenborough Sts.
Brassall State High School lasted for only one year, 1962, before being renamed Ipswich State High when the remaining students were moved from the technical college.
Students at Ipswich High in the early '60s were "naughty, not nasty", according to reunion organiser Paul Lepelaar.
"One naughty student made touch powder and used to place this near the better students so, when they went up to write on the board, it was quite explosive," he said.
"He also excelled in making rotten egg gas and nearly gassed most of us at one time."
Mr Lepelaar said the teachers were liked as well as respected.
A few teachers will be at the reunion, including art master Malcolm McKinnon who taught at both school sites.
"The staff room was formerly a chemistry laboratory, and much of the equipment was still there," he said.
"It was depressing to see hundreds of students milling around the quadrangle at breaks with not a sports field in sight.
"No one seemed to be interested in the effects on the students of the cramped facilities."
The reunion is on June 9, with a dinner at RSL Services Club, North Ipswich; an open house at the old TAFE college from 10am to midday, and tours of Ipswich High at Brassall from midday to 4pm. Inquiries to Mr Lepelaar on 0412 732 782.