School cel­e­brates quar­ter-cen­tury

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart @wrcn.co.nz

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

ev­ery­thing

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.

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