Past and present unite for centenary
Wardville/Wairere School and district celebrated 100 years.
Over the weekend of March 31April 1 over 100 past and present students, staff and residents registered.
People gathered Friday night for a wine and cheese evening and then on Saturday for a more formal occasion.
The weather was perfect, which could only add to what was a fantastic occasion.
The noise in the hall on the Friday night could be heard from beyond the carpark as old acquaintances were renewed, and memories recalled.
On Saturday, a group of Wairere School children, led by Harriet de Thierry welcomed the guests onto the school grounds with a powhiri.
It was a special moment for the school and the children performed and sang with pride.
Peter Lansdaal was MC for the event, which began with the Centenary Committee chairmain, John Martin welcoming everyone.
Mayor Jan Barnes, congratulated the school and district on its achievement.
BOT chairwoman, Kelly Hayward, spoke about how the school is today.
This was followed by principal Judi Buckley, who included some humorous yesteryear.
A highlight was the ringing of the original school bell by the teachers for the roll call.
Nine past pupils from the 1930s heard their names called and replied ‘‘present sir’’ as they had many years ago. incidents from
Tayla-Jay Dearlove and Daniel Lansdaal completed the speeches with their recalls of their learning, leadership and playground experiences during their time at Wairere.
These years set them up on a great path to their university careers.
While at Matamata College, Tayla-Jay became deputy head girl and was Dux whilst Daniel was the head boy and Proxime Assessit.
The oldest pupil Lyall Polglase, and the youngest pupil at Wairere School, Tori Martin were given the honour of cutting the cake.
Tori is a fifth generation of Martins in the Wardville/Wairere district.
The cake was amazing with the Wardville/Wairere logo on top and children’s faces around the sides.
Decade photos concluded the morning events following by a lovely lunch.
The final event of the day was an unveiling of the centennial plaque.
Siua de Thierry, Eli Howard, Jiraedo Blackhall, Nga Huia Ihaka Te Amo, Ruby Dickson, Rima de Thierry, Andrew Ganas, Vicina Miru, Samuel Bay, and Harriet de Thierry performed a powhiri for the Wardville/Wairere district and school 100 year centenary.