Boarding School Days and Turning 50
Boarding school was and still is widely used by farming families as the distance to high school education regards us as "isolated." So as teenagers we leave our little farming communities to continue with our schooling.
Now using social media to find each other I'm amazed to hear how many of us farm girls from Rockhampton Girls Grammar School returned to our roots. You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl.
At boarding school we became a family, then we left and applied ourselves to the world around us and built our own families.
I was told that in 1988 when our senior class graduated we were part of a record number of Australian students to ever complete year 12. Good on us!
I look forward to catching up with my mates again as we reach our 50th birthdays. I was only at boarding school for my two senior years but find that the RGGS school song is embedded in my memory. In 7 years we may have the answer.
"What are we working for here at our lessons, why join together in book, law and play. Forty years on will be answered these questions of what we were like in our work and our play. Do your best. Not only for school but for life we are learning."
Ahh and they didn't think I was listening!