Forty years of school memories
Next Thursday will mark 40 years to the day that Forest View High School opened its doors for the first time, writes Petrice Tarrant.
It is hard to imagine how far a school can come in four decades.
Electric heaters, tartan skirts and manual typewriters were givens when the doors of Forest View High School opened in 1974.
Things are a little different almost 40 years on.
In its first year the school had 185 students with 21 teaching staff and while today’s roll is by no means peaking, it has certainly grown.
Close to 400 students make their way up to the Baird Rd school every morning.
Executive officer and employee of 23 years Karen Watkins said the changing demographic of the town played a huge hand in the roll changes.
Not that student numbers are the measure of its success.
The school has many claims to fame including winning the 1988 Telethon entry, its 1982 1st XV win in the Tricolor Trophy and the dozens of students who have represented New Zealand in sports, beauty and fashion codes. Amongst other things the school can boast an All Black and a Miss New Zealand title through former students.
Watkins said the biggest change during her time was in technology.
She almost cringed at the thought of arriving on her first day to find manual typewriters.
‘‘Not long after I started they got the electronic typewriters and of course now we’re moving towards Bring Your Own devices.’’
The school will be celebrating successes, challenges and changes at its 40th reunion on October 10 to 12. Registrations close today.
Organiser and past student Marty Camnzind said it will be an action-packed weekend starting with a catch-up on Friday.
Saturday will kick off with a powhiri followed by a memorabilia display and sports and cultural performance. There will be a social evening and dinner at South Waikato Sport and Events Centre that evening. On Sunday there is an interdenominational church service, then morning tea.
Contact reunion@ forestview high.school.nz.
Still going strong: Forest View High School Principal Ian Ferguson is leading a school that has weathered 40 years of change.
First day: Sir Denis Blundell attended the grand opening of Forest View High School in 1974 where a tree planting ceremony took place.