Museum snapshot of school history

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Fruits of past eras: Teacher Sue Robinson and students Runwei Li, left, Jye Ripari and Ilya Glinin inspect the new museum’s displays at Frankston High School. Picture: Yanni

Fruits of past eras: Teacher Sue Robinson and students Runwei Li, left, Jye Ripari and Ilya Glinin inspect the new museum’s displays at Frankston High School. Picture: Yanni

STUDENTS at Frankston High can take a step back in time as they inspect exhibits at the school museum which opened Friday.

The 91 year old school in Foot St, but previously in Quality St, celebrated its 90th birthday last year with a big function.

Teacher Sue Robinson said the idea for the museum came about as current students “simply had no idea how old we are”.

She said a revamp of the senior campus created space ideal for a museum “which could provide a snapshot of the school’s history”.

Unfortunately, fires in the 1990s had destroyed many of the school’s archives. However, much is still available – and ideal for display.

“We have an honour board from 1924 with the first 10 duxes of the school, an old framed photo of (former PM) Bob Hawke, who visited in the late 1980s, old school uniforms, cups, students work – the list goes on.”

Ms Robinson said she was contacted at least once a month by donors offering potential exhibits. Last week she received in the mail a blazer – complete with badges – from a former student now living in Western Australia.

“The museum is intended as a teaching aid,” she said. “We hope to get classes through with activity sheets, with the students reflecting on what life was like at the school at varying stages in its past.”

As the variety and scope of exhibits grows the material will be rotated, giving students a more complete view of the times – as they change.

First published in the Frankston Times – 15 June 2015

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