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.