Old school cel­e­brates 150th an­niver­sary

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Nearly 100 ex-Old Porirua School pupils and their part­ners turned up to mark the 150th an­niver­sary of their alma mater on April 12.

The pri­mary school, one of Porirua’s first, was lo­cated where North City mall is to­day, and closed in 1958. Bal­loons in the school’s colours – red, white and blue – fes­tooned Dy­nasty restau­rant for the oc­ca­sion. Speak­ers were also in­vited to share mem­o­ries both hi­lar­i­ous and sad.

The re­union was or­gan­ised by old pupils Jane Edwards and Barry Ngan.

Old sport­ing ri­val­ries were put aside and the old stu­dents treated each other like broth­ers and sis­ters, Mrs Edwards said.

Mu­sic was pro­vided by Pat Southie, with ex­tra en­ter­tain­ers pro­vided by lo­cal tal­ent from the Pa.

‘‘It was great to hear the old tunes.

‘‘They bought tears of mem­ory back to many,’’ Mrs Edwards said.

A minute’s si­lence was held for for­mer pupils and fam­ily mem­bers who were no longer alive.

DVDs of the evening are be­ing made for at­ten­dees to pur­chase.

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