TRINITY College Colac students and staff will honour the contributions of founding principal Brother Kevin Tuck on Friday.
The school will officially open a new Year Eight and Nine building, and has named it the Tuck Wing in recognition of the former principal.
Principal Tim O’Farrell said Br Tuck played a significant role in the school’s beginnings from 1967 to 1969, and had continued to play a role at the school.
“Brother Tuck oversaw not only the building of the school buildings and the teaching, but also the construction of the Christian Brothers’ Residence,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“Brother Tuck came back in 1988 as a teacher and has been here ever since, I think he loves Colac and its people,” he said.
Br Tuck, 83, said helping to open Trinity College was an important part of his life.
“It was my first time with my feet under the table as principal, it was fantastic,” Br Tuck said.
But he said conditions were different when he first started teaching at Trinity, with 90 students across three year levels, the equivalent of Years Seven, Eight and Nine.
Br Tuck said he and two other Brothers were each in charge of a year level and taught all subjects across that year level.
He said Polwarth MP Terry Mulder, who will attend Friday’s ceremony, was one of the school’s first students and was in Br Tuck’s class for three years.
Other former students include staff members Mick McCrickard and Des Ryan.
Brother Tuck said parents supported the school through working bees, and helped create tennis courts and the sports oval during his time as principal.