Merger in 2001 is marked

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

There was a buzz at Wairere Pri­mary School last Fri­day as past and present stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents cel­e­brated the school’s 10th an­niver­sary.

Prin­ci­pal Heather Brown un­veiled a new school sign to mark the oc­ca­sion.

With 48 chil­dren on the roll, they have been up­grad­ing class­rooms, plant­ing na­tive trees, build­ing new equip­ment and fo­cus­ing on a bright fu­ture.

Wairere School came to life in 2001 af­ter Wardville and Tu­ranga- O- Moana pri­mary schools amal­ga­mated to pre­vent both schools from clos­ing down.

A new name was cho­sen and the class­rooms and play­ground from Tu­ranga- OMoana were trans­ferred to the new site.

All the stu­dents were thrilled to sud­denly have more stu­dents to play with and a big­ger area to run around on.

‘‘Now we have a re­ally good qual­ity school,’’ Ms Brown said. ‘‘ A lot has hap­pened over the past 10 years, so let’s keep go­ing for an­other 10.’’

The school held an assem­bly to re­flect on the past 10 years and stu­dents shared its his­tory, did per­for­mances and sang happy birth­day.

Michelle Mon­tague was a stu­dent at Tu­ranga-o-moana when the amal­ga­ma­tion hap­pened and said the join­ing of the two schools was great fun be­cause of the new friends ev­ery­one made.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be a part of,’’ she said.

Happy Birth­day: Two cur­rent and two former stu­dents, from left, Chelsea Came, Ta­maere Wiri­hana, Brook­lan Dearlove and Michelle Mon­tague, blow out the can­dles at Wairere School’s 10th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

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