School reunion also a family's

19:02, Oct 21 2012
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Thomas Pitts
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Brother and sister Jocelyn Laird and Murray Gane
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Principal Helen Williams
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George Chapman-Cohen at far left.
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The school listens to the official opening.
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The school welcomes the guests with a haka.
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Bernard Simmonds, Dennis Wood and Noel Simmonds.
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Pupils from the 70s
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Welcome everyone
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Richard, Michael, Judy Howell (nee Dossor) David and Peter Dossor.
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Brian Harper traveled from Denmark for the weekend.
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Ella Sowman.
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Guy Clark, Sam Chaytor-Waddy and Coco Kennard
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Teachers Aoife O'Shaughnessy and Erin McPhail.
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Thomas Pitts
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Natasha Henderson, Patrick Neal and Mia Gane
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Jonty Louza, Aiden Gane and Amber Wentworth
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The oldest and the youngest pupils cut the cake. Riley Neal and Flora Litchfield.
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The school welcomes the guests with a haka. Sophia Dillon, 5, at left.
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Susan Hodson, Alison Hodson, Robbie Nicholson (former teacher) and Cheryl Pankhurst.
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Faith Gray, 13, smiling at centre.
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Singing for the crowd
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Henry Bond
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Jonty Louza and Sophia Dillon.
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Fran McCulloch
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Pipa Fissenden, 4
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Welcome
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Ajay Ganes, 5

Somewhere on the plane tree at Rapaura School are the initials of the Dossor family, who, like most pupils, left their mark for future generations.

The five Dossor brothers and sister attended Rapaura School between 1944 and 1961.

The four boys, David, Richard, Michael and Peter, and their sister Judith were catching up with old friends at the 150-year celebration on Saturday at the school, near Blenheim.

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Family tree: The Dossor family, Richard, Michael, Judy Howell (nee Dossor), David and Peter - attended Rapaura School between 1944 and 1961. They say the school’s old plane tree is the only thing that has stayed the same.

However, the school reunion also marked only the fourth time all five had been together since 1963. These days the siblings are scattered throughout New Zealand and Australia.

The other times they had met up were weddings and a 70th birthday.

Eldest boy Peter Dossor, who is retired in Napier after 40 years of teaching, said the school had changed a lot. It was much tidier.

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The school had been surrounded by long grass back in his day, he said.

"We used to smoke under those trees."

David Dossor, who lives in Sydney, said they used to ride horses to school.

Marlborough had changed into a valley of vineyards, he said.

Michael Dossor, living in Masterton, said the family kept in touch regularly but not always as a group.

"It's been a long time since we have all been together," he said. "It's bloody great to be back here."

Michael's three grandchildren go to Rapaura School and his daughter was chairwoman of the school board.

Judith Howell, nee Dossor, of New South Wales, said it was wonderful seeing old classmates.

"Coming back and seeing people from primary school has been really exciting, especially when they recognise you," she said.

Michael said the old plane tree seemed to be the only thing that had stayed the same.

"Somewhere up there ‘RD' [for Richard Dossor] is carved into a branch," he said.

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