Barrenjoey High School Inaugural Students: 1968 To 1973
50 year celebration of Inaugural graduating class
Members, and some attending former teachers, state the group is 'a family' and shared memories of surfing at lunchtime, how tall the Avalon Beach sand dunes once were, and the horse paddock for those who would ride to school - and that awful and soon discarded 1st year red beret.
Barrenjoey High School during he years of the school's inaugural class
The students state they had great teachers- many recall these were only a few years older than them when they first began.
A few memories shared:
Sarah-Lulu, who rode her horse to school recalls ’ We had races along the beach. There was six of us who rode to school then.'
Sarah-Lulu: this was a brand-new school – they had in new ‘donuts’ as the next form was coming through, just before they started. They were still building when we started.
What is the best part of you of being in that inaugural class?
Sarah-Lulu: we were just all us in together – we became just one big family. Now, 50 years later, we’re all still one big family – so I think we were the start of what a community of Barrenjoey High School. We can go years without seeing each other, and when we do, it’s like no time has passed.
1970 - Horse on Avalon Beach, south end. Photo by and courtesy Gary Clist
First School Captain Scott McCallum, in 1973, the first year that Barrenjoey had a school captain, said he shared that honour with Jenny Hugel.
The teachers explained the students were consulted about developing the first school rules for Barrenjoey High School and also developed the school’s first student organisations.
'‘We were consulted,’ Scott said, ‘but we were only really young. There were no senior students, as we were the first year in 1968. We were little kids of 11 and 12 feeling like big shots as there was no one older telling us what to do.
With encouragement from the teachers we developed little organisations like the Students Council, so a few of us did get together and discuss and debate various matters of concern. There was a sense of developing some of the framework by which the school would run.’
‘' I think we did help establish some of what is the school spirt, and as younger students came along we all helped and encourage3d them in different ways. Those that were good at sports helped younger students with sporting talent. Personally, for myself, I had a lot of pleasure in helping some of the younger students become proficient debaters in the school debating activities.
I think we all did different things to foster the younger generations in different ways.’
Were you one of those who went down the beach to go surfing at lunchtime?
Scott: ‘no, I was one of the goody-goody one, possibly a minority, to be honest. But of course, I wish I had done more of that – definitely. I think that’s definitely the way to learn, to take some time away from the school and schoolbook learning.’
Sue was explaining there were students who rode their horses to school and there was a paddock beside the rifle practice range for them. Was Avalon Beach still alike a holiday resort then, a place people still came to get away from citified areas?
Scott: ‘Yes, in many ways. The whole of Australia was very much like that in fact; it was known as a laid-back country and the northern beaches most definitely epitomised that.
I think that has changed over the years, and quite rapidly. I’ve heard that Australians work jus as hard, if not harder than other people in other parts of the world. The land of the long weekend has become the land of working on the weekend.’
Mike – were you one of those that went surfing at lunchtime?
Mike: I was a Prefect so I used to let them out to go surfing at lunchtime. I used to take on the duty of the gate near the beach.
What did the Prefects’ duties involve?
Mike: letting people out to go to the beach.
Allan: I was down the beach first thing every morning. I think I took about 5 weeks off at one stage, and went surfing.
What was the best thing about being the first year at a brand new school?
Mike: not being harassed by the years that came before us, because there weren’t any. That set us up for not doing the same to those that came after us.
Allan: I remember always trying to avoid the music class – every week we had to write this lady an apology.
What instruments did you have?
Allan: ahh… maybe triangles.
And when the next year came in?
Allan: well we knew a lot of them already, they were just coming across from Avalon Public School. There was a little bit of controversy between Newport people and Avalon, and me, I lived at Palm Beach – so there was tribal stuff. I’d go walking past La Fiesta and Terry (Papadis) and cop grief from the Avalon boys.’’
La Fiesta Milk Bar in Old Barrnjoey Road - owned and run by Terry and Pam Papadis, they had three children; Theo, Nic, and Fay. - Alison G. Jenny S-W; Got any photos of the old la fiesta - that was also a local hang out!! John S -; when I was friends with Boyd we hung at Jimmy’s . Later La fiesta was the hang being a grom playing space invader and pinnies . Surfing legends such as Ted Spencer Bommie and David Chidgey Russell Hughes and Brian Bariscool were the hangers drinking Cappuccinos . Great memories. Photo by and courtesy Gary Clist
Milla Brown - Harley Walters Win Let’s Surf Lake Mac Pro Junior 2023
Harley Walters (AUS) and Milla Brown (AUS) have claimed victory at the 2023 Let's Surf Lake Mac Pro Junior. The pair overcame a massive field of the region's best 20 and under surfers in challenging surf at Redhead Beach in Newcastle to win the final event of the 2023 World Surf League Australia / Oceania Junior Qualifying Series (JQS).
Harley Walters (AUS) dominated Finals Day, Sunday, November 5, 2023, taking an easy win in the four-man final with a solid heat total of 14.10 (out of a possible 20), which included an excellent 8.00 point ride (out of a possible 10). Walters utilised lefts and rights in the peaky, wind-affected waves, showing skill and precision on both his frontside and backside to take his maiden WSL Pro Junior victory. With the win, Walters charged up the rankings into the top spot, booking a spot in the 2023 WSL World Junior Championships to be held in California early next year.
"I'm so stoked to get the win," Walters said. "I've never won an event of this size, so I'm super happy. The waves have been tough, but overall, it's been a really fun comp. I've made a couple of finals, so I'm stoked to put it together and get the win."
Milla Brown (AUS) has gone back-to-back today, having won the last JQS event, the Skullcandy Pro Junior at Lennox Head, back in July. The women's Final was tight, with less than 3.50 points separating first from fourth. Brown surfed a busy and consistent heat to post a two-wave total of 9.46 which was enough for the win.
"This feels so good," Brown said. "The waves were pretty hard, but it was good to get the win amongst some really good surfers. I won the last pro junior, so it was good to win this one to back it up. I don't think I'll have enough points to make the World Juniors, but I'm really happy with my year overall."
Mother Brushtail Killed On Barrenjoey Road: Baby Cried All Night - Powerful Owl Struck At Same Time At Careel Bay During Owlet Fledgling Season
What Can I Do To Help?: The Short List
- Edge Effects can affect species when trail construction causes changes in the vegetation structure at the edges of their habitat. Edge effects also encourage weeds and can spread serious environmental threats such as Phytophthora, 'dieback' (Phytophthora cinnamomi), which can cause permanent damage to ecosystems and landscapes
- Disturbance from machinery and tools used during construction, maintenance and biking on trails (use) can detrimentally affect threatened species such as Powerful Owls, Wedge-tailed eagles and Koalas as well as small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates that would be less able to avoid the rapid approach of mountain bikers
- Habitat loss and fragmentation can lead to ‘niche reductions’ for plant and animal species. They lose their ‘homes’ and thus, ecosystems decline
RSL NSW State Congress Congratulations
The Meritorious Service Medal is the highest honour which can be bestowed upon a Service Member of the RSL. All recipients must have at least 25 years continuous RSL membership, and given at least 25 years outstanding service to the League;The first Meritorious Service Medal is presented to Mr Robert Durbin from the War Veterans Village (Narrabeen) RSL sub-Branch.Mr Durbin served in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years after enlisting in 1970. After discharge from the Navy, he joined the City of Blacktown RSL sub-Branch in 1990, were he remained a member for 27 years. During this time he held various positions including pensions officer, secretary, welfare officer, chaplain, president and far western metropolitan district council secretary, welfare officer and pensions officer. Mr Durbin also served at secretary of the City of Parramatta RSL sub-Branch from 2000 to 2010.In 1996, Mr Durbin became the Operations Manager at ANZAC House, a position he held until 2000. He then went on to be a State Councillor at RSL NSW for 14 years, where he was also the RSL Corps of Guards Chaplain during this time.Now a member of the War Veterans Village (Narrabeen) RSL sub-Branch, Mr Durbin has been the President since transferring in 2017 and is also one of two chaplains at this sub-Branch. It is estimated Mr Durbin has delivered over 800 tributes at funerals during his time as a member of the League.Mr Durbin has always had a passion for the motto of “Mates Helping Mates” and would ensure not only were his tributes delivered within the RSL protocol but also by honouring the wishes of the family. Such is his commitment to delivering funeral tributes, he started offering RSL funeral workshops for other sub-Branches, something he continues to do.Mr Durbin also serves as Chaplain to the Guardians of the Korean War Memorial New South Wales, HMAS Sydney Association, Tingara Australian Association and the Friends and Family of the First AIF Association.Not only has Mr Durbin been instrumental delivering local commemorations during his time as a secretary of the City of Parramatta RSL sub-Branch, he has also been involved in other local community events including Australia Day.In 2006, Mr Durbin was awarded Life Membership of the League and received an Australia Day Medal in 2008.