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Kyabram class of 1997 back to school

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November 17, 2017

Members of Kyabram High School’s class of 1997 celebrate their 20-year reunion. Some travelled from interstate to catch up with their classmates.

Back when everyone was Tubthumping to Chumbawamba, these students were knuckling down for exams and making their way up the high school pecking order.

Kyabram High School’s class of 1997 recently returned to school — albeit 20 years late and without their lunches from home.

What we now call Kyabram P-12 College was once where these former students spent their days studying and becoming young adults.

It was the idea of former student Lisa Drysdale to get the graduates back together on October 28 and see what had changed since their high school days.

‘‘We had a really good night, about 40 people came along to catch up. I brought the old schoolbooks down for everyone to have a laugh at,’’ she said.

‘‘It (organising the reunion) wasn’t a lot of effort, once the Facebook event was created people just kept adding everyone in, social media really organised this for us. It was just amazing.

‘‘We had a few people who really went to some effort to come back to Kyabram for the event. Ali Marsh lives overseas now but she happened to be back in Australia and drove up from Melbourne just for the night.

‘‘Jason Young made the trip back from Kalgoorlie just to see everyone. It was just amazing to see people after all this time.

‘‘Sadly, we have lost four students over the years and we paid our respects to them on the night.

‘‘We were lucky enough to have the assistant principal, Danny Walsh, show us around the school during the day to show us the new buildings and plans for the future of the school.’’

Of the 200 students from Year 7, 125 went on to graduate with their VCE.

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