Youngest meets eldest at Clutha Valley School's jubilee

RACHEL ASKEW
Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
Clutha Valley Primary School
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SHARING THE HONOUR: Clutha Valley Primary School’s youngest pupil Toby Allan, 5, and Gwen Treacy, 91, the school’s oldest ex-pupil present at the school’s jubilee were chosen to cut the cake.

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The sun was shining as the youngest pupil and the oldest ex-pupil attending Clutha Valley Primary School's 75th jubilee came forward to cut the cake at the weekend celebration.

Toby Allan, 5 and Gwen Treacy, 91, performed the honours in front of about 400 people at the event, which included a ceremony, photo session and afternoon tea at the school on Saturday.

Present-day pupils welcomed the crowd with a waiata, the national anthem and a song before a commemorative plaque was unveiled.

Jubilee chairman Nigel McLachlan said a lot had changed since the 50th jubilee in 1989, including the new school buildings, which he described as "a wonderful asset for the children and whole community".

He also noted the increase of dairying in the district and the 10 different nationalities of children who now attended the school.

Among those at the reunion was Dorothy Hodgkinson, who described herself as the "first teacher through the doors" when the school opened in 1939.

She said the builders had not finished and the lack of floorboards and windows made it hard to keep the children's attention.

Soon to turn 95, she recently sold her farm in Tuapeka West and was moving to Te Anau, she said.

The weekend also included a formal dinner on Saturday night and a family picnic on Sunday.

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- The Southland Times

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