Past and present unite for centenary

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ALI­SON MITCHELL

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.

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