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Southport State High School
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1950's & 1960's
Fact Sheet - 1970's
Principal Mr. D. Mackintosh, B. A. Report 1970: Triton Magazine
Guest speaker at Speech Night from "inside the school" for the first time, student Philip Prouten
School secured services of an Administration Officer, full-time librarian and Guidance Officer
New Commonwealth Library completed
Plans for Assembly Hall at advanced stage
Maximum enrolment for 1970 was 1350 (25% of students arriving from other places)
Cadets – adventure training introduced/Adventure Awards earned
Release of Radford Report – Within broad framework of syllabuses approved by proposed Board of Secondary School Studies, freedom for schools to choose detailed content, method of presentation and offer other courses; moderation system to monitor standards of assessment from school to school and student to student; progressive testing; phasing-out of external Junior and Senior Examinations
Principal's Mr D Mackintosh Report 1971: Triton Magazine
Maximum enrolment 1473 – some accommodation problems – Southport Technical College administered at SSHS – new building 1972
Education Department approval plans and specifications Assembly Hall
Cadets under Captain Torr – discipline whole school life – gain many advantages
Social Activities & Drama – Geography Tour – Ayers Rock & S.A.; Musical 'Australiana' –production Mrs Rose also series 'one act plays'
Sport – girls win inter-school Athletics and boys Rugby League competitions – 7 gained State representation. Senior girl's tennis A team victorious all competition matches – Miami High, Star of Sea Convent and Tweed High; Senior A team Hockey captained by Jan Ridgey and Coach Miss Foggon took out Premiership
2 School Captains, 2 Vice Captains and 35 Perfects
Ladies Auxilary fund-raising events – "Bessemer" parties, Fashion Parade, Lamington Drive, Patio Party Luncheon, Street Stall and Melbourne Cup Party
VALE for Teacher Mr Turner, Manual Arts – sudden death 14
Junior Bursaries –Trotting, Business Women's Assn and Quota Clubs – support for 4 students
Anzac Service – School Captains – Remembrance Ceremony and laid wreath base flag-pole
Radford Report emphasis School Resource Centre – build Library stock with help Commonwealth Government $5,000 grant – purchased new "Encyclopaedia Brittanica"
Highlights of 1972: Triton Magazine
Senior students of 1972 last ones to sit external Senior Public Examination
Construction of the SSHS Assembly Hall, costing $133,000 ($40,000 State Government, $10,000 GC City Council grant, fundraising efforts of P&C Committees and the School over seven years, and a $35,000 bank loan)
Retirement of Senior Mistress Miss E. M. Cran, B.A. (SSS: 1935-transfer north, 1940's?; SSHS: 1948 -1972)
P&C association with Spotlight Theatre Company
First paid Providor of Tuck Shop appointed – Irene Hyde - volunteered 3 years prior
Women's Auxiliary organized street stalls, fashion parade, Kraft Cheese demonstration and morning teas.
Highlights of 1973: Cover –Committee's Design
Official Opening of Assembly Hall, 15
June, 1973, by Mr. S. G. Tooth, Minister for Health. "1600 students joyously receive a holiday granted by the Minister".
Assembly Hall hosted Revue '73, Exams, Dances, Socials, Physical Education and Drama.
17 day Geography Trip to Central Australia
Highlights of 1974: Cover – Committee's Design
Mr Macintosh (Principal 6 months/long service leave); Mr K Barnes (Acting Principal, 6 months)
GC Secondary School's Drama Competition Success – SSHS entered more plays (6) than any other school, won 3 out of 4 sections, plus SSHS actors won many individual prizes
As part of Grade 11 English Course, 12 plays were performed in the Hall during lunchtimes, to a total audience of about 3 500. Many Grade 8's and 9's saw every play performed.
Program of film appreciation and film making introduced into the English course.
Highlights of 1975: Cover Committee's Design
Enrolment exceeding 1380; 90 teachers
Annual EXPO in the Assembly Hall, displaying students' work and activities, representing variety of subject areas
Erection of a new Art Block
Queensland Uni Summer Math School or "How to program a computer in a billion easy (?) lessons" – attended by six SSHS senior students-to-be.
Highlights of 1976: Cover – Committee's Design
Introduction of new uniform for girls – princess style, blue cesarella fabric, monogram on pocket, easy care "wash and wear"; winter accessories in junior navy
Introduction of Secretarial Practices Course to the senior school
First-class library building has replaced the earlier single Library classroom
An eight classroom block has been added to facilities
Many fees previously paid to the school abolished – now Departmental grants for General Purposes, Manual Arts and Home Economics.
Accelerated provision of audio-visual aids in recent years
Weightlifting, as a competitive sport, introduced at SSHS
"First ever (Aussie) Rules Carnival" and SSHS team dominated competition
Highlights of 1977: Cover – Committee's Design
Improvement made in the school environment – decrease in enrolments enabling dispensing of most of temporary buildings; tuckshop extended; whole school repainted; oval improved
First Special School Film Competition conducted by Qld Cine Society; film by SSHS past Grade 12 students - "Cry Rape", a warning on danger of hitchhiking - gained first prize
Once again this year, shield for Gold Coast Debating Competition hanging in SSHS library
Annual Revue, produced by Mrs Wilkinson
Establishment of a lunchtime student music station in tuckshop area; music, school news, rock news, bingo ad's, competitions, other announcements, included in broadcasts
Highlights of 1978: Cover – Committee's Design
Retirement of Mr D. R. Mackintosh, 15/09/78, Principal SSHS for eleven years; Mr. N. G. Purcell, Acting Principal
New Administration Block
Highlights of 1979: Cover – Committee's Design
Principal, Mr R.W. Proctor, B. A., Dip. P. Ed., A. Ed., C. Ag. Sc., A.F.A.I.M., M.A.C.E.
Introduction of a Student Council, opportunity for students' say in running of the school
Extremely active Social Committee engaged in various fund-raising ventures (toward purchasing athletics equipment and subsidizing sporting teams, individuals and school amenities) : Organized six socials and the premier staging of Miss Southport High (22 entrants and "publicly noted figures as judges)
Last demountable goes
Students' participation and success in Australian Mathematics Association competition
Student success in Q.A.T.I.S. "International Year of the Child" Literary Competition
Last reviewed 02 June 2020
Last updated 02 June 2020