Three cheers for Three Kings 130th
Things have changed at Three Kings School since Bill Caughey started in 1924.
There are new classrooms, a new library and hall and many more pupils.
But 84 years on, the things Mr Caughey remembers most haven’t changed.
The front steps installed in 1878 are still there as well as stone walls and oak trees planted in the 1920s.
Mr Caughey came back to visit the school last Friday to help celebrate the school’s 130th anniversary.
Past pupil and Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff also attended along with members of the school community.
It was Mr Caughey’s 89th birthday on the same day as the celebration.
He says he enjoyed his time at the school.
“I liked playing rugby and athletics and enjoyed the friendship of my classmates,” he says.
“I also had great respect for my teachers.”
Three Kings School began as Mt Roskill School in 1878 and the name was changed after the Mt Roskill primary, intermediate and grammar schools campus was built.
The original school building stood for 92 years, and the stone walls built by unemployed men during the Depression in the 1930s still remain. The school motto “act well your part” has also been used since the school opened.
There have also been many changes to the school, including a new hall, library, computer suite and new classrooms.
On Friday past and current pupils and their families celebrated with an assembly featuring multicultural performances, speeches and footage from school events in the 1950s.
Principal Jo Willmoth says it was a fabulous day.
“It was really great for the school community and hearing speeches from past pupils was a real tearjerker,” she says.
Ms Willmoth says there are many families with second and third generations attending the school so it was important to mark the occasion.
“The school has been a very significant part of our community and history is so much a part of the school,” she says.
“I had so many parents saying afterwards how lovely it was to hear what has gone before at the school.”
The school will make copies of the footage from the 1950s for anyone interested.
For more information, phone the office on 6257208.
Big day: Principal Jo Willmoth, past pupils Bill Caughey and Phil Goff and current pupil Mitchell Nash at the Three Kings School 130th anniversary celebration.