125 years of young minds
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.