School celebrates quarter-century
Friends and family helped Matamata Christian School mark a major milestone last Tuesday.
The school celebrated its 25th birthday with music, a rock placing ceremony, family picnic lunch and the cutting of a cake.
It also hosted a prayer breakfast for local church leadership and a celebration dinner for past and present families.
Part of the celebrations was the school’s inaugural Friends and Founders Day, which they plan to hold every year.
Spence Reichardt,, chairman of the Matamata Christian School Association Executive, said it was a day to acknowledge everyone that has supported the school.
‘‘ It’s a fantastic opportunity to thank the present friends of the school – the families and all the people that love and support the school and the students – and to value the importance of those that came before us.
‘‘ God impressed on their part the desirability of having a school that taught about God and involved God in does.
‘‘ Really all we are doing now is building on the hard work and dedication that the founding families contributed at the time.’’
Rainbow Park, as the
it school was originally called, started with 11 students in the basement of a house on Tower Rd.
Matamata Christian School moved to its current site on Smith St in 1993 and today has four running classrooms and 65 children.
Principal Alistair Paterson said most of the school was built by volunteers.
‘‘God has been faithful in the work that he has done here,’’ he said.
Special: Senior students place stones under a new rock commemorating the school’s 25 years.
Happy birthday: One of the school’s founders, Peter Robinson, and five-year-old student Joshua Thatcher cut the cake.
Celebration: Junior teacher Emma Neilson and friend of the school Rebekah Wellington lead the school in songs of worship.