THIRTY years of achievement will be celebrated by Wodonga’s Belvoir Special School later this year.
An open day on Saturday, November 23, will showcase the school’s growth and its plans for the future at a new purpose-built facility next year.
Established as a day training centre at the Murray Valley Centre, Belvoir moved to its present Bowman Court location in 1983, and became part of the state education system catering for children from five to 18 years of age.
School principal Jamie Gay said Belvoir had grown to now cater for 150 students with a full and part-time staff of 70 health professionals, teachers, teacher-aides and administration staff, and a budget of $4.5 million.
The school takes students from Albury, Wodonga, Rutherglen, Chiltern, Beechworth, Mount Beauty, Corryong and Jindera.
Students are brought to school and taken home again on four Dyson’s buses, plus the school’s own bus provided after a public campaign strongly supported by The Border Mail.
Mr Gay said the 30-year reunion was aimed at attracting former students, their families and staff to visit the Bowman Court site before it is consigned to history by the pending move to the Gayview Drive site.
As part of the celebrations there will be an open day at the school from 10am to 4pm on November 23 at which student art and other works will be on display with entertainment provided by the Belvoir VCAL Band.
Bus tours to the new site will be available and in the evening a cocktail party will be held at Gypsy Gardens Receptions in Wodonga.
The event comes just three days short of 30 years from the day former member for Benambra, and then shadow health minister Lou Lieberman, opened the school.
Mr Lieberman went on to become federal member for Indi.
Mr Gay said it was hoped anyone who had been involved with the school over the past 30 years would take part in one or both of the events.
Those wishing to attend should contact the school by November 4 on 6059 1911.