Toko­roa High nears 60th

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa High School is count­ing down the days un­til its 60th ju­bilee with just over a week to go.

Ge­og­ra­phy and so­cial stud­ies teacher Dean Tereu said the school has been busy putting to­gether the fi­nal pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties for the cel­e­bra­tion which takes place on Oc­to­ber 20-22.

‘‘It’s a bit hec­tic at the mo­ment with all the last bits and pieces be­ing or­gan­ised but it’s been a year in the plan­ning and it is fi­nally com­ing real soon,’’ he said.

‘‘The regis­tra­tions are cur­rently at around 200 but we haven’t checked the on­line regis­tra­tions yet be­cause of the school hol­i­days so we are bud­get­ing for around 500 at­ten­dees.’’

Tereu, who has been teach­ing at the school for 21 years and who is a past stu­dent, said a range of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are planned.

‘‘Friday will be the of­fi­cial open­ing of the ju­bilee with a mix and min­gle evening from 6pm in the hall. That will be a chance for peo­ple to pick up their reg­is­tra­tion packs and there will also be some old photos on dis­play, light fin­ger food, and en­ter­tain­ment from cur­rent stu­dents,’’ he said.

‘‘Satur­day will be the big day with a spe­cial full school as­sem­bly at 9.30am fol­lowed by decade photos be­ing taken all the way back to the 1950s when the school opened.’’

‘‘Fol­low­ing that a past ver­sus present sport­ing af­ter­noon will kick off with net­ball, foot­ball, rugby and league,’’ he said.

He said peo­ple will also have the chance to tour the school to see their ‘‘old stomp­ing grounds’’.

‘‘It will show­case how far the school has come as there has been a mas­sive amount of money spent since the last ju­bilee 10 years ago,’’ he said.

Satur­day will con­clude with a so­cial and din­ner at the Toko­roa Club ahead of the of­fi­cial farewell and bless­ing at the school marae on Sun­day morn­ing.

‘‘We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing back all the ex stu­dents, teach­ers and prin­ci­pals for three days,’’ Tereu said.

‘‘The main thing now is for peo­ple to make sure they are regis­tered if they want to par­tic­i­pate in all the ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause if you are not you won’t be able to.’’

Regis­tra­tions can be made via the school’s web­site or at the school of­fice.

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