Back then - Linda Shim on her first day of school in 1981....Now - Linda Shim with her husband Saravanan Selvaraju and their daughter, Lucy.
Back then - Linda Shim on her first day of school in 1981....Now - Linda Shim with her husband Saravanan Selvaraju and their daughter, Lucy.

Former pupils are high achievers

CANNONVALE State School is in its final stages of preparing for its centenary celebrations this weekend.

To mark the milestone, the school will host various functions including the official centenary ceremony to be held on Sunday morning at the new school hall.

Hundreds of past and present students, teachers, parents and staff are expected to attend the ceremony as each and every one of them holds their place in the schools rich history.

Two of these past students are Linda and Craig Shim who attended the school during the 1980s.

After completing high school, Ms Shim graduated from Queensland University with a science/law degree.

She then studied medicine with two other former Cannonvale State School students, Bill Smith and James Bowman. Bill recently spent some time working at the Cannonvale Medical Centre and is now working in Townsville.

After a further five years of study, Linda is now a pathologist, specialising in haematology and working in Geelong.

Former Cannonvale State School teacher Mary Roberts taught Linda in Years 4-7 and said she always knew the young girl would be a high achiever.

“I remember her as a very pleasant girl who was very modest about her achievements,” Mrs Roberts said.

Gifted musically and active in the school's softball and netball teams, Linda was appointed school captain in 1987.

Linda's brother Craig also attended Cannonvale State School and moved to Singapore after he qualified in town planning.

He later developed five-star resorts in Indonesia and established the Singapore River as a tourist destination. Ten years later he returned to Australia where he now works for Tourism Queensland as marketing manager.

These are just two of the many stories about former students that guests at the centenary celebrations are sure to enjoying hearing about.

Centenary Celebrations

WHEN: Saturday from 2pm – social function with afternoon tea and live music

Sunday from 9am – live music and morning tea with the official ceremony at 10am

WHERE: Cannonvale State School

CONTACT: 4946 2333


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