Three cheers for Three Kings 130th

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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