Old school celebrates 150th anniversary
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.