The removal of Summer Bay High by the makers of Home and Away has sparked controversy after a flashback photo of former cast members went viral.
Fans were remembering the school dramas after seeing a 2013 image of pupils Casey Braxton (Lincoln Younes), Sasha Bezmel (Demi Harman), Spencer Harrington (Andrew Morley), and Maddy Osborne (Kassandra Clementi).
Since Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) and Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) graduated from the school in 2019, Summer Bay High has been absent from the soap opera and has been dearly missed by fans.
The fact that former teacher Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) chose to launch a tutoring business earlier this year rather than going back to the school is one of the producers’ many hints that the school won’t be returning.
Many viewers commented that they “missed the school kids” on the soap after viewing the older picture.
One commenter urged the return of Summer Bay High School, and another added, “I wish they would use the school scenes again.”
“I enjoyed that it USED to appeal to the majority of age groups, but to be completely honest, I no longer feel bad if I miss one, two, or seven episodes. A third person commented, “The narratives are a touch flat and then, bam, something happens in a far-fetched period of two episodes with little to no build-up.
“Restore those times. The current plots are ludicrous,” another person said.
Many supporters, meanwhile, are opposed to the school making a comeback.
“I don’t miss it; I’ve never like novels centred on teenagers…
I presume that Covid may have prevented its use over the past few years. The school scenes generally require a lot of extras, thus they might not have been able to do it in a secure setting.
The second person said, “The tale is over, the writers moved on thank God.
Another person concurred, saying, “I think as the show and audience mature, so are the stories and there is less focus on teens.”