News

Old mates reunited

The Warwick State High School centenary has reunited old friends Rick Telford and John Baart after 48 years.
The Warwick State High School centenary has reunited old friends Rick Telford and John Baart after 48 years. Linden Morris

HE HAS crossed continents and oceans to be here this weekend and for one former Warwick State High School student the centenary celebrations could not be a more fitting reason to return.

John Baart said he and his wife Bertie had travelled 24 hours and 16,183km.

"It wasn't difficult to decide to come back," Mr Baart said.

"I came back because I have always been very attached to WSHS and have kept all my mementos.

"This is purely a sentimental journey to meet up with people and visit the places I lived and the schools I attended.

"One memory I have of going to school here is that every morning we used to have to greet the flag and all the classes were in rows before we would march from the oval into school."

The avid WSHS sports player, who left in 1964 when his parents decided to relocate back to their native Netherlands, said he continued to remain involved with the school.

"In the early 1970s I started donating trophies to the school for the WSHS road race," he said.

Schoolyard friend from the year above Rick Telford said it has been great to relive the past with Mr Baart.

"When I picked him up from the airport it was really good to see him after 48 years but I remember him having a lot more hair last time we saw each other," Mr Telford said.

"We have kept in touch via letters, emails and phone calls and have sent photos so we did know what each other looked like before now."

Topics:  warwick state high school




Taxi driver injured after knifepoint robbery

DRIVER ATTACKED: Warwick taxi rank, where a driver picked up a teenager who held him up at knifepoint on Thursday night.

Camera footage will be the key to arresting an armed robber

How the Census will change the way we see Warwick

Southern Downs residents will be counted in the nation's Census

Less than 48 hours left to get yourself a FREE tablet

Only two more days to get one of these free!

ONLY two days left to score yourself a FREE Samsung tablet.

Latest deals and offers

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Babylon 5's Jerry Doyle has died

Jerry Doyle has died from unknown causes at the age of 60

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles