Group seeking Capalaba State High School alumni

OFFICIALLY OPENED: Redland shire chairman EG Wood, founding principal Tony Marsland, Education Minister VJ Bird, Redlands MP John Goleby and Bowman MP David Jull.
OFFICIALLY OPENED: Redland shire chairman EG Wood, founding principal Tony Marsland, Education Minister VJ Bird, Redlands MP John Goleby and Bowman MP David Jull.

A GROUP of former Capalaba State High School students is seeking fellow alumni to help celebrate the history of the school.

Former student Michelle O'Shea said an early years dinner last month had been a success and group members hoped to make it an annual event.

A 40th anniversary celebration was held in Birkdale in October 2018.

The school, set on 13.6 hectares of land on School Road, opened its doors to 188 year 8 students on January 23, 1978.

It had 11 teachers including founding principal Tony Marsland and was established to meet the needs of the Redlands population, which was rapidly growing due to residential developments.

In October 1979, the school was officially opened by Education Minister VJ Bird.

ALUMNI: Capalaba State High School former students at a recent reunion.

ALUMNI: Capalaba State High School former students at a recent reunion.

In the coming years, the school was expanded to cater for the growth in student enrolments, with spaces for commerce, communication and maths, a library and an arts staff complex added.

By its third year, the school had a student body of 650.

1980 also saw the school oval finished and a visit from then-Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

In 2005, 27 years after it was opened, the school was amalgamated with Capalaba State School to form Capalaba State College.

Capalaba State High School alumni who are interested in staying in touch with other peers or being involved in future events can join a Facebook group for past students.

It currently has nearly 2000 members.

Ms O'Shea said members hoped to track down more foundation students - those who started at the school in 1978 - before the next annual dinner in 2020.

"It was so good to connect with past and present friends from school to be able to reminisce about simpler times," she said.