South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

April 4, 2012

Pa­cific dancers de­light April 11, 2012 New prin­ci­pal brings di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence

The L plate on the out­side of her of­fice door is a friendly re­minder that she is a first-time prin­ci­pal.

Toko­roa’s Bishop Ed­ward Gaines Catholic School’s new prin­ci­pal He­len McGuigan has been in charge since Jan­uary 31 and aims to raise the lev­els of stu­dent achieve­ment.

‘‘I was ap­proached by the Hamil­ton Catholic Dio­cese; Toko­roa has been a hard to staff area,’’ Ms McGuigan said.

She plans to fo­cus on three ar­eas: strength­en­ing part­ner­ship be­tween home and school, rais­ing the level of stu­dent achieve­ment so stu­dents are ex­ceed­ing na­tional stan­dards and build­ing greater learn­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween stu­dents and teach­ers.

She also plans to work on in­creas­ing the school’s roll. April 18, 2012 Wartime cap­ture re­called Tucked away in Toko­roa, war veteran and former pris­oner of war Peter Boast, now 86 years old, re­mem­bers when he was cap­tured in the Mediter­ranean and trans­ported to Ger­many.

Mr Boast, who is orig­i­nally from Southamp­ton, Eng­land and has lived in Toko­roa since 1952, was a mem­ber of the Royal Navy.

‘‘I joined (the Royal Navy) as a boy at the age of 15, that would have been just be­fore the war in 1939. I was a bit young but I was al­ready in the Sea Scouts, it was eas­ier to join. But when you joined as a boy and the war broke out you be­came a man,’’ Mr Boast said. April 25, 2012 Town pioneers’ cen­te­nary Marie Guyett has seen Toko­roa in all its guises: from a one-shop town, which her fa­ther owned, to a bustling area that al­most reached city sta­tus.

Mrs Guyett has seen all th­ese things be­cause her fam­ily were one of the first set­tlers in the town.

This week­end four gen­er­a­tions of the Guyett fam­ily will cel­e­brate 100 years since their an­ces­tors moved to Toko­roa.

‘‘My ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Robert Henry West ar­rived in Toko­roa from Auck­land in April, 1912,’’ Mrs Guyett says.

‘‘He had bad health and was told the clean air here would be good for his ail­ing health.’’

KIA ORA: Maoridom met Poly­ne­sia on Satur­day when Tayla Taikato of Maori de­scent won the Te Eiva Nui In­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion with Toru-Atua Tearoa- Natua. Pa­cific beau­ties and warriors per­formed a tra­di­tional Cook Is­lands dance to se­cure a win in the pop­u­lar Te Eiva Nui Com­pe­ti­tion. Mo­eroa Maea along with Paris Lindsay, Eli­jah Kingi, Rico Tarai, Hoana Solo­man, Tayla Taikato, Toru Atua Tearoa-Natua and Christo­pher Bishop came away with a win in their re­spec­tive sec­tions. Win­ners will now per­form at the Na­tional Te Eiva Nui com­pe­ti­tion to be held at the Toko­roa High School hall in Novem­ber.

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