School’s mile­stone 125th year

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

In two weeks Hazel Lo­gan ( nee Wal­lace) will re­ceive a let­ter for Her Royal Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth II for her 100th birth­day.

But on Satur­day she at­tended a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind.

Hazel held the honour of be­ing the oldest for­mer stu­dent at the Hin­uera School 125th year an­niver­sary re­union.

The school and com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the mile­stone over two days, March 31 and April 1.

Hazel held the honour of be­ing the only past pupil from the 1920s to at­tend.

She at­tended Hin­uera Pri­mary School from 1923 to 1927 and now lives in Mor­rinsville.

The re­union was the first time Hazel had re­turned to the school since she left.

‘‘It’s a thrill to be here,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s been re­ally amaz­ing and emo­tional.

‘‘Every­thing has grown much since I was here.

‘‘I think there was only one class­room then.’’

The school and com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the re­union with a wine and cheese evening on Fri­day night.

On Satur­day, the school cel­e­brated with a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice, shared lunch and cut­ting of a spe­cial cake. so

Pho­tos of stu­dents and teach­ers were taken from each decade.

Cur­rent stu­dent Roy Tiddy and Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes com­mem­o­rated the event by plant­ing a tree on the school grounds.

Prepa­ra­tions for the an­niver­sary started six months ago, by a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee.

Marie Hicks, sec­re­tary for the 125th cel­e­bra­tion says the com­mit­tee, teach­ers and school stu­dents have had a great time plan­ning the re­union.

‘‘The stu­dents ex­cited,’’ she said.

‘‘What made it so great and emo­tional for past stu­dents is the cur­rent stu­dents wrote let­ters for the reg­is­tra­tion packs. were so

‘‘Some peo­ple have writ­ten let­ters back stu­dents. ‘‘It was such a great idea. ‘‘I love his­tory and know­ing that peo­ple were here learn­ing over 100 years ago, and that those stu­dents were com­ing, it’s very sen­ti­men­tal.’’

Over 250 peo­ple at­tended the re­union over both days. al­ready to the

REXINE HAWES

Hin­uera School stu­dent Roy Tiddy, 11, with mayor Jan Barnes, plant­ing the 125 an­niver­sary tree. In­set: Hazel Lo­gan was the oldest for­mer pupil of the school at the an­niver­sary.

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