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HHS 100 organising committee WHawera High School Centennial organising committee:
Back row: Judyth Marsh, Shontae Broughton-Malcolm, Dinah Kupe-King, Anne Duffy.
Second row: Fiona Nicholson, Harvey Tutauha, Peter Mihaljevich, Pauline Hurley, Tracey Hardy, Sandy Tosland.
Front row: Alan Drake (Sec.), Donald Stockwell (Chair), Judy Brown (Dept. Chair.), Val Baylis (Treas), Rachel Williams (Principal).
Hawera High School will celebrate 100 years of co-educational secondary education in South Taranaki during the 2019 Labour Weekend, on October 25-27.

As Hawera High prepares to embark on a major rebuild of the school, former teachers, old scholars and members of the South Taranaki community have the chance to farewell school landmarks such as the Laurenson Block and High School Hall, where many a student laboured over their School C exam papers.

Events during the Hawera High 100 weekend include a Centennial cricket match; a Friday night meet and greet; school tours, decade photos, the Dedication & Centennial cake cutting, winding up with a Cabaret on Saturday, and the Official Jubilee luncheon on Sunday. For a brief rundown on the colourful history of Hawera High and details about registering to attend events, visit https://www.hawerahighreunion.com/.

Stephanie MorozA Queensland-based business with deep energy technology expertise, Davanz, is aiming to accelerate Australia’s innovative application of its rich renewable energy resources. 

Davanz has an impressive client list that includes CSIRO, Woodfordia, Anteo Technologies, H2H Energy, the Queensland Government, the Sunshine Coast Council, and Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast.

Davanz founder Stephanie Moroz said the development and deployment of new energy technologies was a central economic challenge and opportunity for Australia and the world. “Just as fossil fuels powered economic development during the 20th century, renewable energy sources will drive that process during the 21st,” she said.

Professor Marion MaddoxThe steady erosion of free, compulsory and secular education in Australia risks more than a century of gains in national integration warns a prominent researcher of religion and politics in this country.

The Federal Government’s recently-announced $4.6 billion funding package for Catholic and Independent schools will worsen “one of the most religiously and economically segregated systems in the western world,” Professor Marion Maddox of Macquarie University will say in a public lecture in Adelaide on Friday this week.

“When colonial governments began spending on education, they conceived a nation-building role for schools. They were a place for kids to learn to live together as one people. We really have lost that idea of education helping a whole community to grow up together.”

Professor Maddox, from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, will examine the achievements of Australia’s free, compulsory and secular education system in the 2018 Catherine Helen Spence Oration in Adelaide on Friday, October 26. “For reasons that have little to do with religious commitment, and more with politics, we have forgotten the secular values that motivated our system’s founders,” she proposes.