ARARAT - Organisers of the Ararat College centenary celebrations were overwhelmed at the support of the community during the planned events last weekend.
Assistant principal and centenary co-ordinator, Janine Adams said she estimated about 800 people passed through the gates on Saturday alone to tour the school grounds, while hundreds of others attended various events over the four-day celebrations.
"The opening of the art show on Thursday night kicked things off and about 80 people attend that," Ms Adams said.
"Sheryl Lugg gave one of the best speeches on the night that I have ever heard.
"Then the tours of the school began on Friday and it was actually good taking smaller groups around on the Friday because you got to hear some really good stories."
Friday night saw another 160 people attend the launch of the College's special publication 'Nothing Without Work: 100 years of inspirational life stories from past students'.
Ms Adams said the book proved extremely popular over the weekend, with more than 300 copies sold.
"It was really fantastic the number of people that came to the launch that were actually in the book and then represented by their family if they couldn't be there," she said.
"Rick Thomas deserves a lot of credit for the way he edited the book, but also Sue Burke for her design and layout was fantastic."
Ms Adams said one of the highlights of the centenary weekend was the dinner at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on Saturday night which saw 350 people gather, with a large majority having attended the school over the various decades.
Some of the notable guests included former premier of Queensland Rob Borbidge and Collingwood team of the century member Barry Price - both ex-students of Ararat College.
The oldest member of the audience was 94-year-old Kate Pearce, while three former principals, Frank Kitchen, Gary Allen and Brendan Ryan joined current headmaster Geoff Sawyer at the dinner.
A two course meal was prepared by VET Hospitality staff and students, along with caterers from the East Grampians Health Service, while the entertainment was provided by the school's music department which Ms Adams said was extremely well received.
"They all did a fantastic job and the amount of compliments I got back from people about the meal was incredible," she said.
"We could honestly not have fitted another person in and I could not believe how much talking was going on.
"I cannot thank the staff and students from the school enough for their efforts they put in over the weekend."