Flaxmere Col­lege is 25

Stu­dents and staff cel­e­brate

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Flaxmere Col­lege held its own show at Labour Week­end when past and present staff and stu­dents gath­ered for the col­lege’s 25th re­union.

“The at­mos­phere as stu­dents and staff ar­rived in the morn­ing at the school was awe­some, as past stu­dents and staff re-con­nected and told sto­ries, even this early in the day, were shared,” says Flaxmere Col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion ex­ec­u­tive Kathryn Sim­mons.

Cur­rent stu­dents wel­comed guests back with a rous­ing po¯ whiri, with head boy Adam Ioane and staff mem­ber Matua Tan­gira speak­ing on be­half of the tan­gata whenua.

Past prin­ci­pal (1995-2001) Richard Schu­macher, past stu­dent Riki Haira (1997-2001) and past deputy prin­ci­pal Alex Maehe (2010-2012) re­sponded on be­half of the manuhiri. Prin­ci­pal Louise Anaru-Tan­gira wel­comed guests to the school and Adam Ioane spoke about the school to­day.

Af­ter morn­ing tea, there were tours of the school and a photo dis­play, while cur­rent stu­dents and staff played an “en­er­getic” game of net­ball against past stu­dents and staff. This was fol­lowed by a past vs cur­rent rugby match, ref­er­eed by past prin­ci­pal Richard Schu­macher.

“There were some very sore bod­ies that left the field,” Kathryn says.

The cel­e­bra­tions were topped off with an evening of laughter, sto­ries, singing and haka, run by MCs Ray Edwards (past staff mem­ber 1994-2004) and cur­rent staff mem­ber since 1996, Jo Lu­cas.

Guest speak­ers Richard, 1998 head girl Amanda Hill and cur­rent staff mem­ber Kevin Gill kept the guests en­ter­tained with sto­ries and mem­o­ries.

“Mr Schu­macher was hon­oured by a rous­ing haka from past pupils im­me­di­ately af­ter his speech,” Kathryn says.

“Dur­ing the open floor ses­sion, stu­dents and staff talked about wha¯ nau and be­long­ing and their fond mem­o­ries of their time spent at the col­lege.”

Kathryn says the school re­ceived a num­ber of mov­ing emails from stu­dents who at­tended the cel­e­bra­tions say­ing how much they en­joyed the event, with many mem­o­ries of the good times had at the col­lege rekindled

“We re­ally en­joyed the trip down mem­ory lane, espe­cially all the laughs and heart-felt speeches and tes­ti­mo­ni­als.

“I have hope that our com­mu­nity’s fu­ture is in great hands with the up and com­ing lead­ers of to­mor­row,” said one guest.

Past stu­dents per­form a rous­ing haka af­ter for­mer prin­ci­pal Richard Schu­macher speaks at Flaxmere Col­lege’s 25th re­union. Eighty stu­dents and staff at­tended the re­union cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the first 25 years of the Col­lege (1993-2018).

Past and present Flaxmere Col­lege head girls (from left) Amanda Hill, Adele Eparaima, Lisa Po­hatu, Mar­i­ana Te Pou, Charlesirene Ken­drick, Sharma Moss (cur­rent head girl).

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