Hamp­ton Hill plans take shape


A rimu tree is to be planted as part of Tawa’s Hamp­ton Hill School’s 50-year cel­e­bra­tion.

Prin­ci­pal Kelly O’Leary said a com­mit­tee of par­ents, teach­ers and for­mer pupils of the Rimu St school was work­ing to make the event spe­cial.

‘‘The rimu tree is re­ally sym­bolic for us,’’ O’Leary said.

‘‘We call our kids rimu kids – Re­silience, In­tegrity, Man­aak­i­tanga (kind­ness and gen­eros­ity) and Unity.

‘‘We want it to be mean­ing­ful for our kids, so part of our learn­ing around that time will be how our past has shaped what we do to­day.’’

The cel­e­bra­tion will run over Oc­to­ber 30 and 31, and will be a chance for for­mer pupils to catch up and rem­i­nisce.

‘‘ We have got a cou­ple of foun­da­tion pupils to help us on the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, which is re­ally ex­cit­ing.’’ She said there had al­ready been in­ter­est from for­mer pupils.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties planned is a kapa haka by cur­rent pupils.

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