Merger in 2001 is marked
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.