Classroom back for centennial
Te Hihi School's original classroom has been moved back on to the school grounds in preparation for this weekend's centennial celebrations.
The 100-year-old building was moved from a neighbouring farm where it has sat for more than a decade.
With hundreds of former pupils about to arrive at the Karaka school it is a good time to rehome the building, principal Kevin Bush says.
"There are a lot of people who have been into that room when it was either a classroom, a library, an art room, a film projector room," he says.
"It has been used in a number of ways and we thought while there were a number of people here who had a memory of the room when they were at school, it was a good time to bring it back on site and re-open it."
The building is still a "work in progress", he says.
"It is going to be used as a learning space but not as a classroom, more as a place children can go if they need to work with a teacher in a small setting," he says.
"It is also going to be available for the public to use after hours."
Up to 500 people are expected at the centennial celebrations which start with a gathering on Friday.
Justice Minister Judith Collins, Franklin ward councillor Bill Cashmore and Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker will join centennial committee chairwoman Cathy Yates and Mr Bush for the official part of the weekend beginning with a powhiri on Saturday. Former student and co-founder of Weta Workshop Sir Richard Taylor will be guest speaker at the gala dinner.
The school will also open a time capsule buried during the 75th celebrations and will replace it with a new one.
Call the school on 292 7706 or go to tehihi.school.nz for last-minute registrations.