1990-1999 Potted History

Information sourced from A Jubilee Retrospective by Robert Ewins and CHESS newsletters 

During the 90’s four Principals , celebrated the school’s Jubilee anniversary, enjoyed increased enrolments, and encouraged combined musical events with nearby schools. Students started participating in drama and sport again.


  • Each House presented a play at the Annual Drama Festival.
  • Renovations were carried out on the old building and admin areas. New work included a computer centre, a “flying” wing to join up the 1941 and 1970 buildings, the installation of security and soundproofing of the music rooms.


  • The school celebrated its Jubilee year with a black tie dinner, a concert at the Camberwell Civic Centre, Back to School Open House, tours and a BBQ.
  • The ex-students group CHESS was formed and donated $500 to the Principal’s Fund.
  • Senior classes were the biggest ever: Year 11 had 165 students and Year 12 155.


  • Former students agreed to be patrons of the Sports Hall/ Gym Appeal.
  • TV stars helicoptered into “Cup Day” to raise $5,000 for the Sports Hall.
  • Principal Ann Rusden retired.


  • New Principal Norm Nugent commenced.


  • CHS took over the running of the pool.


  • The new Principal, Elida Brereton, began restoring the name of CHS as a top school, despite fierce competition from neighbouring schools.
  • The $750,000 School hall was completed.
  • Annual combined music concert with Canterbury Girls at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Year 8, 9 and 10 students attended camps in Gippsland and Omeo.


  • 840 students enrolled, including the largest Year 7 intake for many years.
  • A new uniform was introduced.
  • The 50th Choral Festival was held at the school in May.
  • The Music Tour performed in South Australia and New South Wales.
  • A Sports afternoon was introduced for Years 9 and 10.


  • 8 paying overseas students commenced.


  • A sister school relationship commenced with Isogo High School, Yokohama.
  • A number of Year 12 students won “TOP CAT” drama awards.


  • 975 students enrolled. 200 in Year 7 and 285 in VCE.
  • CHS awarded $1.2 million for a new Arts and Technology complex.
  • 8 students and 2 teachers visited the sister school in Osago, Japan.
  • The House Arts Festival featured music, dance, drama, art and design presentations.
  • An Australian play The Temple was staged
  • Asia week was celebrated with a Moon Festival Assembly Concert.