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Cementing ties with Gympie High

Bob and Marj Leitch are looking forward to the Gympie High centenary celebrations in March.
Bob and Marj Leitch are looking forward to the Gympie High centenary celebrations in March. Craig Warhurst

YOU could say that Marj Leitch loves Gympie High.

She received an OAM for her services to the high school in 1993 and every year since the school was founded, except from 1931-44, a member of her family has had some involvement at Gympie High School.

She has now bought a brick to help cement those ties.

As part of the Gympie State High Centenary in March, a sponsorship campaign has started where people can "be a brick" in an "eternal wall".

This eternal wall project is being run in conjunction with the new undercover sports arena project and the wall will be in the same vicinity, behind the library.

For a $50 donation, former students, teachers, parents and businesses can have their name and year engraved on to a brick that will be laid into a pathway or wall.

A platinum sponsorship of $10,000 will let you name the new building, while gold sponsorship of $5000 will get you a plaque and other opportunities.

One of the centenary organisers Annette Bambling said sponsoring a brick would be a great memorial opportunity and memory for the future.

"With the centenary only about five weeks away, orders will be sent away very shortly so they can be obtained and seen at the centenary on March 9-11," she said.

There are a lot of families still in Gympie that have been involved with the school since it opened its doors in 1912.

Mrs Leitch said her aunt and uncle were students on the school's first day, while her mother was a student from 1914-18 and came back as a teacher at GSHS from 1923-31.

Later, Mrs Leitch taught at the school as a visiting English second-language teacher and her son Bob Leitch has taught at the school for the past 13 years.

The agriculture teacher said he never thought he would get back to Gympie after starting his teaching career at Murgon, but he is glad he got the opportunity.

"Gympie is just a great community. I'm passionate about the school because of my family history. And proud of the school - this school's got plenty to be proud about," he said yesterday.

Mrs Leitch said her mother was the secretary and treasurer of the schools P&C at one stage and she herself has been treasurer and vice-president.

"I love the school. I've just been brought up that way I guess," she said.

Now Mrs Leitch is helping organise the centenary, expected to attract thousands of people.

"It's getting closer. We're catering for about 1500 people but we won't know for sure how many until closer to the date," she said.

A large program including a rattler trip, art exhibition, concert, reunion dinner, opening day and roll call are among the events in the final stages of preparation.

Phone the school 5489 8333.

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