Prin­ci­pal: ‘Kids don’t ever change’


Red­wood School is cel­e­brat­ing the big 50 this year and mem­o­ries of those years prove that kids don’t change, prin­ci­pal Sue Good­win says.

With the school’s re­union set for next month, Good­win is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with ex pupils of the school.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited by the lovely con­ver­sa­tions about what the school used to look like and what it does now.’’

De­spite changes to the school over the years the pupils mo­ti­va­tions re­mained the same.

‘‘At the mo­ment the craze in the play­ground is skip­ping. Kids don’t ever change.’’

Alis­tair Munro’s mother was a foun­da­tion teacher when the school opened in 1966.

He re­mem­bers or­der­ing a potato top pie on a Fri­day and the warm bot­tles of milk that were col­lected from the bot­tom of the drive­way.

‘‘I don’t re­mem­ber them be­ing as bad as ev­ery­one says.’’

A par­tic­u­larly vivid mem­ory was of head­mas­ter Colin Cof­fey racing around around the class­rooms and ‘‘fid­dling with the lit­tle black box above the board’’. Then we sat there in si­lence and lis­tened as Neil Arm­strong walked on the moon.

‘‘It was af­ter three and no­body was go­ing home.’’ Red­wood School 50th re­union, July 1 and 2. Open class­rooms on July 1 from 1.30pm to 3pm and more fes­tiv­i­ties on July 2 from a powhiri at 1.30pm. For more in­for­ma­tion visit red­

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