Celebrating living history

Three generations of the Scully family who have attended Southland Girls' High School (from left) Victoria O'Connell, Breea Scully, Pippa O'Connell (both 18) and Judith Scully, were at the school on Friday to mark the introduction of a new badge to acknowledge generations of families who have attended the school.

CELEBRATING generations of families who have attended Southland Girls’ High School (SGHS) has inspired the school to create new badges to acknowledge the legacy of former pupils.

The badges, which featured the school’s distinctive red shoes, were presented to year 7 pupils who were the third generation or more of their family to attend the school, at an assembly on Friday last week.

SGHS former pupil and teacher Judith Scully said the badges were a lovely way to mark her family’s involvement with the school.

“It’s a great honour.”

Mrs Scully attended the school from 1957 to 1961 and then taught from 1965 to 1966, her daughter, Victoria O’Connell, also attended from 1987-1991 and Mrs Scully’s granddaughters, deputy head girl Breea Scully and prefect Pippa O’Connell, were year 13 pupils this year.

Mrs Scully’s mother also attended the school.

“So there have been four generations go through the school,” she said.

SGHS social media and marketing director Megan McKenzie said she believed the school was the first in the country to acknowledge family involvement in this way.

“History is a living thing. We hope this is going to be the next legacy for Southland Girls’ High School.”

Principal Yvonne Browning received one as she was a second generation attendee; her daughter had also attended. Next year, all pupils who were the second generation or more of their family to attend the school would be presented with a badge, Mrs McKenzie said.

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