Canobolas Rural Technology High School has changed a lot since the first students started 50 years ago.
From the days of chalk boards and traditional learning methods, the school has become a pioneer with five flagship programs including a high performance athletes program, a science technology engineering and maths program and programs aimed at helping students at risk of falling through the gaps.
When asked what they think the school will be like in another 50 years, five year 7 students, Thomas Mackenzie, Cody O'Neill, Tom McGinley, Zahra Johnston and Ella Ivanof said technology would create the greatest changes at the school.
Tom McGinley said he expects the school’s population to be greater in 50 years time and the types of subjects will take on more of a technological focus.
“Since the population is rising with children, I’d say there will be a few more blocks to be built around the school,” he said.
“Therefore there wouldn’t be as much room to play around or roam around… so that may take away some of the sporting capabilities and agriculture.
“I’d say also, technology will overtake agriculture in a way as a lot more jobs are requiring that kind of education... and since a lot of machines are taking over, many jobs will need people who are capable of programming them.”
As well as changing subjects and career options, Cody O’Neill said he believes technology advances will mean students will no longer use books or write by hand.