TRIBUTES, a carnival and sports will all feature in the official launch on Friday of Brauer College’s centenary celebrations.
Up to 1000 people are expected to attend the celebrations throughout the day that will involve the Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov, past and present staff and students and many community representatives.
Brauer College principal Jane Boyle said the centenary was a significant achievement for the college.
She said it was an honour that the Governor would address a school assembly on Friday morning and unveil a plaque commemorating the centenary. Friday’s ceremonies will also involve the mayors of both Warrnambool City Council and Moyne Shire Council, past principals and assistant principals and representatives of the Brauer and Brebner families, who have been big supporters of the college.
Mrs Boyle said the celebrations would showcase the college’s rich history, its family and community connections and successes.
Friday’s activities will include the planting of the first tree in an Avenue of Honour that the college intends to establish along Caramut Road.
The first tree, which will be planted by Mr Chernov and Mrs Boyle in the presence of representatives of the RSL, will honour former Brauer students who fought in the two world wars last century.
Other trees will be planted in future along Caramut Road to honour other people who made a significant contribution to Warrnambool.
There will also be sports clinics with elite athletes and coaches for local primary pupils on Friday.
Events will become more lighthearted on Friday evening with a nine-a-side Brauer Legends football match involving former technical school students who have played in the AFL, and present and past Brauer staff and students.
The Brauer AFL Legends include former St Kilda and North Melbourne player Joe McLaren, former West Coast Eagles and Geelong player David Haynes and former Fitzroy players Alan Thompson and Mark Dwyer.
Rounding out the fun will be carnival rides, adventure activities such as a bungee run and a rock-climbing wall, a family barbecue and fireworks display. The event will be lit by a centenary flame carried to the venue by a variety of people.
Mrs Boyle said the wider Warrnambool community was invited to the Friday evening celebrations, with entry by gold coin donation.
The year-long centenary celebrations will feature a gala reunion on May 3.