Recalling old schoolyard
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.
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.