Birth­day bash for Ta­panui col­lege


Forty years ago, the doors at Ta­panui’s Blue Moun­tain Col­lege opened to its first pupils.

The school’s birth­day will be cel­e­brated on Fri­day by invit­ing for­mer pupils back for an Open Day, prin­ci­pal Lindy Ca­vanaghMon­aghan said.

‘‘We de­cided that while there were still some long serv­ing staff at the school we would have a big cel­e­bra­tion rather than wait­ing un­til the 50th - al­though we’ll prob­a­bly have one then too.’’ The school opened in 1976. For­mer pupils at­tend­ing the cel­e­bra­tions will con­nect with those on the school roll now, telling them about their early days at the col­lege.

Each year group is mak­ing a time cap­sule to mark the oc­ca­sion, which will be buried on the school grounds.

‘‘There will be a bit in them about the fash­ion of the time and what is mak­ing the news, and there will be a dig­i­tal as­pect with some mem­ory sticks added in as well. Hope­fully they’ll still work when they are re­cov­ered in years to come.’’

Af­ter an assem­bly, bar­be­cue lunch and the re­leas­ing of 40 bal­loons to mark the oc­ca­sion, there will be a sports day where for­mer and cur­rent pupils will com­pete against each other, she said.

‘‘They won’t be tra­di­tional type games, so it will be a lot of fun for ev­ery­one.’’

Blue Moun­tain Col­lege at Ta­panui cel­e­brates 40 years on Fri­day.

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