Monday, September 13, 2010
We havent seen eachother for about 3 years? Way too long...
It got me thinking about school and what it was and what it means.
while doing a search on the high school I sent to I came across the history of the school.
I think its important.
I went to school at Assumption College in Kilmore
I'm pround of my school, the values I learnt there and the friends I made.
The Marist Brothers were invited to start a Primary School for local area boys in 1893. This they did, but as the new century approached the Catholic educational needs of rural families from Northern Victoria and Southern New South Wales had to be considered. In 1901 the first boarder was enrolled at the College as a response to the needs of those families. In 1907 the school became registered and officially known as Assumption College Kilmore.
The school continued to grow as a boys' boarding school with a smaller day school component right through until the 1970's. In 1971, the first two girls were enrolled in the College. These brave young women paved the way for the introduction of full coeducation in the day school in 1985-86 and full coeducation in the boarding house in 1995-96. Since then the proportion of girls in the school has grown to be close to 50% of the school population.
In the past 20 years, the areas of Kilmore and surrounds have become commuter townships for people working in Melbourne. This change has resulted in enormous growth in the number of day students attending the College. Since 1985, when for the first time since the school opened day students outnumbered boarders, the growth in day students has continued at pace. Whilst the Marist Brothers are committed to providing boarding places into the forseeable future, the day population of the school will also continue to grow.
Assumption was long known as the "football factory" and, in Catholic Church circles, the "priest factory". Perhaps in the 21st Century these two titles are no longer appropriate, however, the College has always and will continue to promote an atmosphere where our young people are allowed to pursue their studies with purpose and confidence, where they can reach their full potential in all aspects of human development, and grow in the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Gospel values of love of self and of one another.
So here's to a fun night with an old friend! I will have to see if I can find any old photos and post them up too!