125 years of young minds

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

De­spite be­ing one year away plan­ning has al­ready be­gun for Te Waotu School’s 125th ju­bilee.

Te Waotu School staff and stu­dents past and present will cel­e­brate the 125-year an­niver­sary on Oc­to­ber 28 to 30 in 2011.

Te Waotu School prin­ci­pal Bruce Dar­roch said de­tails for the cel­e­bra­tion are still be­ing fi­nalised.

He said it is a ‘‘ sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone’’ for the school and one that will be cel­e­brated over three days next year.

‘‘At present there is a com­mit­tee of 25 who meet once a month to work on the ju­bilee or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘This com­mit­tee is made up of peo­ple who at­tended as long ago as the 1940s to peo­ple who left the school only a cou­ple of years ago,’’ he said.

At this stage there will be a nam­ing cer­e­mony for the school’s new hall which will be named af­ter Chief Ron­gowhitaio who founded the school in 1886.

‘‘There will be a powhiri, the usual gath­er­ing for pho­to­graphs and tour of the school, a din­ner and dance, a hangi and church ser­vice.

‘‘As for last­ing 125 years; the school has served and con­tin­ues to serve a thriv­ing ru­ral com­mu­nity and has a long his­tory of sta­ble staffing and ex­cel­lent sup­port from par­ents who send their chil­dren here.

‘‘Aside from this, its dis­tance of 20 kilo­me­tres from the near­est town is a large fac­tor in the ne­ces­sity for a school here,’’ Mr Dar­roch said.

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