Tokoroa High nears 60th
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.