Thousands enjoy Ballarat Clarendon College 150th celebration

THOUSANDS of people from the Ballarat Clarendon College community have turned out for a fun family day to celebrate the school's 150th anniversary.

Students, parents and staff, as well as plenty of old Collegians, attended the event held on the Sturt Street oval on Saturday afternoon. 

There was music, face painting and a rock climbing for entertainment, while a range of different food and drink options kept the crowd fed and watered.

Soul band Saskwatch, which includes former Clarendon student Tom Pettit in its line-up, were one of the highlights for the day, showing the college bands how it's done. 

Organiser of the 150th anniversary celebrations Jo Ruchel put the overall crowd for the day at 2500 and said people had come from around the country to attend.

"I think it's really important to be able to celebrate the 150th with the whole community and everyone invited," she said. 

Ballarat Clarendon College vice principal Jan McClure said it was a fantastic day that brought together everyone with a connection to the school.

"I think it's important to have these celebrations so we know where we have come from and what's possible," she said.

Ballarat Clarendon College principal David Shepherd with the commemorative book. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Ballarat Clarendon College principal David Shepherd with the commemorative book. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Craig Wilding, Pam and John Livingston. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Craig Wilding, Pam and John Livingston. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Phil Roberts and Phoebe Coutts.PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Phil Roberts and Phoebe Coutts.PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Saskwatch performing.PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Saskwatch performing.PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Jake Connolly tries out the climbing wall. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Jake Connolly tries out the climbing wall. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Ashlynn Magill, Eddi Eppingstall and Ruby Lockett. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Ashlynn Magill, Eddi Eppingstall and Ruby Lockett. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Alexandra Moore, Amber Tippett, Molly Jackson, Jackson leach. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Alexandra Moore, Amber Tippett, Molly Jackson, Jackson leach. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

John and Jan McLure with children (and grandchildren) Lyndsay and Madison, Iain, Fiona and Zachary.. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

John and Jan McLure with children (and grandchildren) Lyndsay and Madison, Iain, Fiona and Zachary.. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Dennis Moneghetti, Alison and Kathryn Shepherd, David Mason. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Dennis Moneghetti, Alison and Kathryn Shepherd, David Mason. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Ee Tzun and Hugh Sutherland. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.

Ee Tzun and Hugh Sutherland. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister.