School’s back in for hundreds of past teachers, staff and students with the launch of the Investigator College Old Scholars’ Association on Sunday, October 20.
What started out as a simple follow up from the school’s tenth anniversary last year has developed into a social media frenzy with an amazing response to catch up for some fine food, wines, and a lot of laughs and memories at Serafino, Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale.
The association embraces everyone from Glendale Christian College/School, which became South Coast Christian School, and obviously now Investigator College.
Principal Don Grimmett said the first of many events planned wasn’t about comparing levels of success in the workforce, but providing a wonderful opportunity for teachers, staff and students to renew old friendships and create a genuine sense of life-long belonging with Investigator College.
The school formed an organising committee to research records, yearbooks and data bases to gather contacts, and sent out 1500 letters and relays countless messages through Facebook to get the word out about the inaugural old scholars’ show, called Serendipitous Sunday.
Rest assured, everyone there will know Lyn Swincer, who taught on the first day of the school 23 years ago, and is still enjoying every moment teaching Y6-8.
There will be past school sweethearts who married, including current Goolwa receptionist Jana Dunbar, who graduated in 2007, and her husband, Sam, who works in an after-school program at Investigator College as part of his teaching degree.
According to head of senior school, Belinda Delyster, it was important for the current students of Investigator College to feel that a friendship and support base lasted forever.
No doubt, the event, held at McLaren Vale to make it easier for those now residing in the city, will be largely about ‘look at you now’ and ‘whatever happened to…’ during reminiscing of the countless humourous moments.
And it wouldn’t be an Investigator College Old Scholars’ event if someone didn’t raise the subject of the student who dropped a thermometer, causing mercury to leak, in a science lab at the Goolwa campus. It led to a complete shut down of the school, firemen wearing hazardous chemical gear storming in, and television crews including in a helicopter swarming the scene covering their lead item on the six o’clock news. Talk about an overkill. Who was that kid who dropped it?
May he step forward on what will be the first of many fabulous days talking about old school days over a pleasant Serendipitous Sunday.