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Memories ... Margarite Efthymiou and Desi Potiriadis remember their school days.51605Picture: SARAH MATRAYMemories … Margarite Efthymiou and Desi Potiriadis remember their school days.51605Picture: SARAH MATRAY

By Belinda Nolan
WITH more than three decades at Sunshine College under their belt Margarite Efthymiou and Desi Potiriadis could be considered as the school’s amateur historians.
The pair attended the West Sunshine campus as students in the 1960s and loved it so much they never left.
After graduating the friends returned to the school, as an art teacher and teacher’s aide.
“It was like a homecoming,” said Margarite.
“When I walked into the school for the job interview my heart was pounding,” said Margarite.
“Everything looked so familiar and I was so excited to be going back to my old haunts.” The duo has fond memories of what was then known as Sunshine West High School.
“A lot has changed since we went to school,” said Margarite.
“Back then the area was all paddocks. There weren’t any footpaths so we all had to wear our gumboots to get to school.”
“It was a lot more strict in those days,” said Desi.
“I remember I once got detention for being out of uniform because I had one black shoelace on my white shoes.
“They used to inspect the girls’ uniforms every day outside the school gate,” said Desi.
The pair are among hundreds of former students expected to return to the school in October for a reunion to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
A treasure trove of old photos, videos and memorabilia will be on display, along with exhibitions of every decade from the 1960s.
Organiser Paul Murphy said the school had been inundated with interest from former teachers, students and parents eager to get involved.
“This is not just about Sunshine West High School, it’s about the school’s influence on the wider history of Victoria and Australia,” Mr Murphy said.
The celebrations will be held on 23 October, between 11am and 4pm.
For more information visit the website www.swhs50th.com.au