|New school uniform|
Ever since I arrived in Australia, I had attended school at Sutherland. Firstly, Sutherland Infants then Sutherland Girls Primary, then Sutherland Intermediate Co-Ed High School. However, the Sutherland Shire was undergoing a population explosion due to the baby boom after the war. Sutherland Intermediate High School was overcrowded and a new school had to be built. Port Hacking High School was completed in 1959 at Miranda. The Sutherland school was to become part of a much bigger primary school so we were all transferred over to the new school. It was very exciting. my friends and I were going to be the first seniors at this brand new school. At the time it was reported in the news as being the best Comprehensive High School in the country. (Many more were soon to follow)
We had a new uniform and new school colours. We wore navy tunics with a white shirt and a bright royal blue beret and blazer, with a great new school emblem on the pocket. Our school colours were red, blue and silver.
I thought I looked smart in my new uniform and I was very proud of it. Now I think it looks so old fashioned.
|Port Hacking High School|
|The back of the school|
|1959 prefects- the first prefects, (last on the right, front row)|
I was blown away when I was voted in as a prefect, I never thought I was that popular at school. I always felt a bit on the outer.
|Giving a talk in class.|
During a Geography lesson I gave a talk on Papua/New Guinea using slides my brother had sent us while he was working there.
Another day, in class, we heard a bang and an aircraft screaming. We jumped out of our seats and looked out of the windows to see a small navy aircraft explode into flames and crash to the ground not far away. The pilot had stayed on board to steer the plane away from the school and a nearby caravan park to save lives but he himself was killed.
|Nth Sydney Olympic Pool|
Soon it was State Swimming Championships again. This time I only made the team as a reserve. ( I never had squad training lessons like some of the others.)
|Supporters of Port Hacking High swim team. (far right)|
|Port hacking High Swimming Team 1959 (front row, second left)|
Just look at those awful Speedo racing swim suits!