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The Best School of All

 

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In addition to a comprehensive selection from hundreds of photos, the volume has illustrations in the form of documents, school reports from the 1920s, architectural plans, departmental correspondence, personal letters from former headmistresses and staff,  and pen and ink sketches.

Few commemorative histories have been written about a NSW State Girls High School – until now, none have been written about the highly contentious closure of a school by the Department of Education. Cremorne Girls High School existed on one of the most pleasant school sites on the lower north shore. It was a highly regarded comprehensive State high school, with an excellent academic record. Its unexplained closure continues to rankle the community.

The Best School of All is considered to be a worthwhile book of community historical value and the publication has been supported by North Sydney Council, the North Shore Historical Society and Manly Council.

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Introduction

Introduction

The Best School of All is a commemorative book about Neutral Bay/Cremorne Girls High School. It takes the reader on a journey since its inception in 1926, until its forced closure, amid great furore, in 1987.

A nurse in war-torn England

A nurse in war-torn England

A nurse in war-torn England - Margaret McLean was voted School Captain in 1929. Her mother was so proud of her daughter that despite the family’s economic hardship, she found a way to afford a school blazer with the new school motto Optima Optime, emblazoned on the pocket.

A passionate artist

A passionate artist

Margarita Georgiadis was at Cremorne in the 1980s. Despite opposition, the spirited student had set her heart on a life in the creative arts. 

Save our school

Save our school

Read about the valiant efforts made by staff, pupils and the community to save our school. 

A choir of world class

A choir of world class

The acclaimed school choir, formed and trained under the magic baton of Margaret Cunningham, had already made an indelible mark in the world of choral music by singing its way into the record books.

Telling tales

While schoolgirls may not always concentrate on their lessons; they are renowned for being most observant when it comes to studying their teachers.

French teacher Miss Robertson in 1930

French teacher Miss Robertson in 1930

Miss Robertson taught French in the early 1930s. This quotation is from an autograph book owned by pupil Roma Ardill.

A nurse on a mission

A nurse on a mission

In 2009, Jenny London, from the LC Year of 1964, received the Margaret Watson Memorial Award for Personal Achievement from her OGU.

Music was her life

Music was her life

Music was her life. Sharyn Wicks started high school life in 1969. This is a brief excerpt from her story.