Rapaura 150th a look back in time

18:43, Oct 17 2012
Emily Paige
Putting in the groundwork: Rapaura School pupils Tilly Sorensen-Brown and Emily Paige, both aged 7, with the time capsule that will be buried on Saturday morning as part of the school’s jubilee celebrations this weekend. Both pupils are the second generation in their family to attend the school

Room 4 pupils at Rapaura School have been busy compiling mini-profiles of themselves to be buried at the school in a time capsule during the 150th jubilee celebrations this weekend.

The most recent time capsule buried at the school was unearthed on Tuesday, 25 years after the school celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Past pupils' poems and stories about Halley's Comet, a one cent stamp and $1 banknote, along with the masthead of the now defunct New Zealand Times newspaper, all from 1986, were among items that filled the capsule.

Year 2 and 3 teacher Jane Hall said every pupil at the school had something to put in this year's jubilee capsule.

Her class had decided to put together individual profiles that included a photo and notes on their favourite food, family and friends.

Pupils at the school had spent much of the year preparing for the jubilee including visiting Brayshaw Park in Blenheim and the historic 19th century Ugbrooke Country Estate in the Awatere Valley.


Taking a step back in time had helped pupils understand what life would have been like 150 years ago, she said.

Principal Helen Williams said organisers were capping off preparations for the weekend.

About 200 people are expected to attend the jubilee. Several people are travelling from Australia and one person is coming from as far as Denmark.

Master of ceremonies is past pupil Murray Robinson, who attended the school between 1947 and 1955.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman will officially open the jubilee on Saturday morning. The programme features a wine and cheese evening on Friday and dinner at the Marlborough Convention Centre in Blenheim the following night.

The Marlborough Express