The divisive decision to remove Summer Bay High has caused fans of Home and Away to go into a frenzy over a throwback photo of previous cast members.
After a group photo of Casey Braxton (Lincoln Younes), Demi Harman (Sasha Bezmel), Andrew Morley (Spencer Harrington), and Kassandra Clementi (Maddy Osborne) in school uniform from 2013 was shared to a popular Facebook group, fans of the hit Channel Seven drama were quick to stir up discussion.
Fans flooded the comments section with memories of the school plots, some of whom said that it was their favourite aspect of the show.
Since Ryder Jackson and Bella Nixon (Lukas Radovich) and Courtney Miller (Courtney Miller) last appeared on the soap, the fictional school hasn’t been mentioned.
One commenter urged the return of Summer Bay High School, and another added, “I wish they would use the school scenes again.”
If I’m being completely honest, I no longer get upset if I miss one, two, or seven episodes. I loved that it USED to appeal to the majority of age groups. A third person commented, “The storylines are a little flat and then, wham, something happens in a far-fetched space of two episodes with little to no build-up.”
“Restore those times. Another person said, “The current storylines are ridiculous.”
Others countered that they were relieved there weren’t any more schoolyard rumours.
One fan said, “I don’t miss it; I never liked the stories focused on teenagers.”
Another person attributed the change to the recent pandemic, writing: “I’m assuming it may not have been used the last few years due to Covid?” The school scenes always require a lot of extras, so they might not have been able to do it in a secure setting.
A third said, “The storyline is over, the writers moved on thank God.”
Another concurred, saying, “I believe that as the show and audience mature, so are the stories and there is less focus on teens.”
Channel Seven has been contacted by Daily Mail Australia for comment.