BENEATH the grey hair, wrinkles and a few extra kilos, Griffith High School classes of 1979 and 1981 found the same old friends who graduated together.
The reunion, held over the October long weekend, was a chance for close to 70 people to reminisce and catch up.
Organiser Kerrie Harrison said it was good to see that the more things change the more they stay the same.
“Generally we found that we are all still kids at heart, we let our hair down and partied,” Ms Harrison said.
“We had a blast of a weekend.
“Our celebrations started on Friday night where everyone first reconnected and our reunion gained momentum from that point.
“Everyone was getting such a buzz out of seeing each other again that the whole weekend was filled with mini celebrations.”
Ms Harrison said a highlight of the weekend was a tour of the school, with thanks to current agriculture teacher Carl Chirgwin, who kindly relinquished time out of his holidays to show the group around.
“The tour was great because it triggered peoples’ memories and got everyone talking,” Ms Harrison said.
“The dialogue that arose as a result of this was huge and we were all just buzzing.
“People engaged in stories from school days, remembering red shorts, paper collections and who inspired us.
“We finally heard about the people who had schoolyard crushes on each other. It really was a show and tell. There was a little melancholy to hear that some of our teachers had passed away. However, we want to thank Mr Chirgwin immensely for his time.“
A roll call on Saturday night at the reunion dinner by former science teacher John Robinson, who inspired her to do a post grad in science teaching, took everyone instantly back in time.
“It was an honour having him present,” she said.
“John also remembered those peers that have since passed. Swanny provided the most amazing speech, expressing that this was ‘the best night of his life’.
“In between we exchanged many stories from yesteryear.
“People are talking about meeting up again in five years rather than waiting another 34.”