75th Anniversary Celebrations.

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75th Anniversary Celebrations.

Frequently asked questions.

What is happening?

2011 is the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Nambour State High School. To celebrate this occasion, an event is being held on 6 August 2011 from 9.30am through to the evening at the school.

What is the program?

The detailed program will be finalised closer to the day and will be posted on the NHS website.  However broadly, there will be:

  1. A great selection of food & drinks throughout the day & evening
  2. A Roll Call 1936—1937 with special guests
  3. Areas allocated for each decade (each decade colour coded in sports colours)
  4.  Bring along photos to share amongst school friends
  5. Arrange a class reunion - register with our office
  6. Home Economics items & Library book stalls
  7. Tours around the school & farm and inspections of our new state of the art kitchens and science classrooms
  8. Opportunities to add to the history recollection of each room
  9. A Volleyball Challenge
  10. Souvenirs & Anniversary CD
  11. Memorabilia & Historical Photos
  12. Displays & Activities
  13. Quiet areas to reminisce
  14. Disabled parking near A block & extra parking at Nambour Primary School
  15. Genealogy Sunshine Coast & Nambour Historical Museum Stall
  16. Student Performances throughout the day & evening

Associated functions include a Black tie dinner on 24 September for Day & Grimes to celebrate their 75th anniversary; and a “Back to Nambour” movie night, on friday 5 August in the Town Square , Low Street.  The, play "Tom Petrie’s Dilemma" will be performed after the movie.

The Nambour Historical Museum will also be open 1-4pm on Saturday 6 August and 9-12am on Sunday 7 August.

Who is organising this event?

There is a steering committee that has been meeting regularly.  Minutes from the steering committee can be found on the website.

What if I want to get involved?

Please call the school on 07 5450 4111 or send an email to: 75thanniversary@nambourshs.eq.edu.au.  Helpers are welcome now or leading up to the day.

Most importantly, we hope to see as many past students & teachers as possible on the day.

Do you want memorabilia?

Yes, we will be publishing an anniversary book in CD form.  This is being done in conjunction with the Genealogy Sunshine Coast.  Photos and other memorabilia are most welcome.  Scanned material can be emailed to 75thanniversary@nambourshs.eq.edu.au.  Otherwise contact the school.

Not everything will make it onto the CD, but all material will be retained as part of the school record.  You may also bring photos along on the day to show your old school mates.  There will be a facility to have these scanned and added to the school record.

How do I get more information?

Visit the NHS website at www.nambourshs.eq.edu.au and follow the links, or send an email to 75thanniversary@nambourshs.eq.edu.au or call the school.  We will place you on an email list for future newsletters.

Otherwise turn up on the day.  However we would like to know if you are coming.


Nambour State High School is a co-educational, state high school located in Nambour, Queensland, Australia.  In 2006 the school had enrolment figures of 1,367, including adult students.

The school grew from Queensland’s first rural school and is now celebrating its 75th anniversary.  Established in 1917, Nambour’s Rural School was the first in Queensland and later added a high school “top” in 1936.  The school was then split into a primary school and the high school in 1953.

Throughout its history the High School has maintained an agriculture curriculum and continues to maintain a school farm.  It also has a great academic record.

The school's first Principal was George William Lockie, who was given the title of "acting principal". He later lead Salisbury, Mount Isa, and Bundaberg high schools, before moving to Brisbane State High School. The school's current principal is Wayne Troyahn.
Notable alumni
The school has educated numerous prominent alumni in the area of politics. Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd was dux of the school in 1974, while Treasurer Wayne Swan also attended, but the two didn't know each other as Swan was three years older. Ray Barber, now a solicitor in Coolum and formerly the state member for Noosa, also attended the school. Deputy leader of the former Queensland National Party, Fiona Simpson, also attended the school.

Other alumni include:

  • Clint Robinson - canoe / kayak champion
  • Jim Hocking - war hero
  • Carole Skinner - actor
  • Rainee Skinner - actor
  • Alice Parkinson - actor
  • Dr Grant Gravener - Cirque du Soleil
  • Van Thanh Rudd - the Arts
  • Sandra Conte - the Arts
  • Mark Brinkley - Ballet
  • Di Riddell - author / speaker
  • Max Gaylard - United Nations / military
  • Kellie Slater - heart specialist
  • Bill Egerton - surgeon
  • Jon Coghill - member of Powderfinger
  • Glen Coghill - golf professional and former Australian Junior champion.
  • Ross Rolfe - Business
  • Ron Glanville - former Qld Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Helen Newton - Miss Australia
Nambour State College :
1 Carroll Street, Nambour
07 5450 4111
07 5450 4100
Nambour State College

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