Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo  The Northern Star 15/10/1965
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo The Northern Star 15/10/1965 The Northern Star

Deputy Premier opens new Northern Rivers school in 1965

A new high school in Casino built at a cost of 355,000 pounds was officially opened by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Sciences at the time, Mr Charles Cutler.

More than 1,200 people assembled for the opening.

GROUP APPROACH: NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Charles Cutler inspects the Casino High School cadet group at the grand opening of the school in 1965.
GROUP APPROACH: NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Charles Cutler inspects the Casino High School cadet group at the grand opening of the school in 1965. The Northern Star

Mr Cutler was presented with an ashtray made from Northern Rivers woods by the woodwork students.

The presentation was made by the girls’ school captain Helen Denney.

Mr Cutler said a school was more than a building.

Deputy Premier Charles Cutler addresses the crowd at the opening of the Casino High School.
Deputy Premier Charles Cutler addresses the crowd at the opening of the Casino High School. The Northern Star

The spirit had to come from the enthusiastic co-operation of parents, staff and pupils.

Mr Cutler said he paid tribute to the work of predecessor Mr Wetherell who had done a tremendous job for education.

Mr Cutler said a secondary school had been in operation in Casino for over 20 years.

Deputy Premier Charles Cutler is presented with a gift at the opening of the Casino High School.
Deputy Premier Charles Cutler is presented with a gift at the opening of the Casino High School. The Northern Star

Many had passed through it and played their parts in building up its traditions.

He said many people might think he dwelt too much on tradition and spirit.

What he meant by tradition was not the doing of the same thing over and over again but the creation of a set of standards as an example for future students.

Casino High School students and staff watch on as NSW Deputy Premier Charles Cutler signs in during the grand opening of the school in 1965.
Casino High School students and staff watch on as NSW Deputy Premier Charles Cutler signs in during the grand opening of the school in 1965. The Northern Star

"Many people play a part in making a school’s tradition, the staff, the parents and citizens association, the ladies’ auxillary, but none more so than the students," he said.

Mr Cutler unveiled a commemorative plaque at the main entrance to the administrative block.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo  The Northern Star 15/10/1965
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo The Northern Star 15/10/1965 The Northern Star

The minister inspected a guard of honour mounted by the school Cadet Corps.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo  The Northern Star 15/10/1965
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo The Northern Star 15/10/1965 The Northern Star

The headmaster, Mr L M Walsh said the opening by the Deputy Premier was a pleasing experience and a valuable part of the training of the pupils to join the staff in acting as hosts.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo  The Northern Star 15/10/1965
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Mr Cutler inspects Casino High School at the grand opening in 1965. Photo The Northern Star 15/10/1965 The Northern Star


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