Re­call­ing old school­yard

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

CHOIR prac­tice is one of John Horsnell’s favourite mem­o­ries from col­lege – mainly be­cause he got to talk to the girls.

His alma mater, Sed­don Memo­rial Tech­ni­cal Col­lege which he at­tended from 1962 to 1964, kept the boys and girls sep­a­rate de­spite be­ing co-ed­u­ca­tional.

‘‘We never saw the girls ex­cept on the bus go­ing to and from school.’’

But choir prac­tice was the next best op­tion, Horsnell says. There he met life­long friend Ma­ree Goldie.

The pair still en­joy rem­i­nisc­ing about choir, col­lege life and just how dif­fer­ent their high school is now.

Sed­don Memo­rial was moved to 100 Mo­tions Rd in 1964 and four news later was re­named Sed­don High School. In 1991 it be­came West­ern Springs Col­lege.

Horsnell, who lived in San­dring­ham as a teen, says the strong stu­dent-teacher re­la­tion­ships at Sed­don shaped the rest of his life.

He en­rolled in science classes and later be­came an en­gi­neer with the New Zealand Air Force.

Goldie, an ac­coun­tant, says she still has fond mem­o­ries of high school.

‘‘When we first came here the hills were all rolling, be­cause it was on top of a rub­bish dump. When­ever we played ten­nis we had the home ad­van­tage be­cause we knew where all the bumps were,’’ she laughs.

West­ern Springs Col­lege did not have a school zone and drew students from as far afield as Otahuhu.

The decile 8 school has, over the last decade, grown to more than 1300 students and now has an en­rol­ment zone.

A West­ern Springs Col­lege re­union is be­ing or­gan­ised for Au­gust 16, kick­ing off at 11am with an of­fi­cial wel­come. It will mark the school’s 50th an­niver­sary at the Mo­tions Rd site.

Drama students will per­form the Monty Python com­edy Spa­malot for about 100 at­ten­dees but tickets are lim­ited. Old boys and girls will face off against West­ern Springs Col­lege students in bas­ket­ball and net­ball matches.

A re­union dinner will be­gin at 6pm fea­tur­ing per­for­mances from the school’s Samoan, Ton­gan, Cook Is­land and con­tem­po­rary dance groups.

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

Fond mem­o­ries: For­mer West­ern Springs Col­lege students John Horsnell and Ma­ree Goldie say the strong stu­dent-teacher bonds they formed shaped their lives. The school is cel­e­brat­ing 50 years next month.

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