The staff at Wanniassa High School weren't exactly happy campers on this day 37 years ago.
On the front page of October 11, 1983's The Canberra Times was a story about staff at Wanniassa High School erecting a tent outside the school in protest against a lack of action concerning extra accommodation and ventilation problems.
A spokesperson for the staff said that the tent classroom had been set up to draw attention to what they saw as abysmally poor planning and public relations within the school.
The school agreed to accept extra enrolments from surrounding areas for the 1985 school year if additional accommodation was erected in time for the beginning of Term 1, and if ventilation problems in the school were resolved. However the spokesperson said staff were waiting for a response from the NCDC and the ACT Schools Authority. Until they got that response, the protest would continue.
The photo alongside the article showed Ms Kerry Buik, secretary of the school's branch of the ACT Teachers' Federation, with one of the portable fans that were being used to help to keep the school's rooms cool.
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