Redlands Celebrates 133 Years of Excellence In Education

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As ‘Happy Birthday’ was sung throughout the School on Friday 2 June, it wasn’t a student or teaching turning another year older – it was Redlands itself!

Heritage Week is the community’s celebration of the history of Redlands, as one of Sydney’s oldest schools, with Foundation Day marking the end of a week of reflection and festivities.

Highlights of the week included balloons and birthday cakes, and the Platinum Girls Lunch, attended by over 60 Old Girls who left the School more than 50 years ago, culminating in the Foundation Day Service.

The Redlands community was treated to engaging displays and presentations, and learned about the School’s earliest years and some of Redlands earliest Alumni, who were the first female graduates of the University of Sydney.

Deputy Principal Sarah McGarry said that Heritage Week gives the opportunity to both reflect on the school’s rich and diverse history and tradition, and to look towards the future.

“Birthdays give us the chance to gather with friends and family and to build community, and over the week we welcomed students past and present who shared stories about School experiences across decades, which was delightful to witness,” she said.

“These rituals and ceremonies help us to reflect, give thanks and rejoice in our shared experience.”

Redlands Principal, Dr Peter Lennox, said that celebrating the School’s history is a wonderful reminder each year, and helps build a sense of history for students across year groups.

“Foundation Day is about celebrating our School’s strong and vibrant history, expressing our gratitude for the work of those who have built, led and contributed to our School over its 133 years,” he said.

“This year is 130 years since the first ‘Class of Year 12’ graduated from our school, and I can only imagine what our Redlands students will have achieved in a century’s time.

“A special thank you to all those who contributed to making Heritage Week a meaningful celebration.”

The Foundation Day Service was attended by Federal Member for Warringah the Hon Tony Abbott, and NSW Member for North Sydney the Hon Felicity Wilson and Mayor of North Sydney Jilly Gibson.