Pupils old and new celebrate 75 years

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012
Te Anau School jubilee
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MANY YEARS OF LEARNING: The oldest and youngest current pupils of Te Anau School, Matiu Henry, 11, and Degan Welsford, 5, cut the cake celebrating the school's 75th jubilee at the weekend.

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While there had been plenty of changes made to the Te Anau School since it opened 75 years ago, there was one thing that had not - community support, the school's principal said yesterday.

Rob Rush, who has been the school's principal for 18 months, said the community support for the school was as strong as it had ever been and this was proved throughout the weekend's events.

The school, which caters for years 1 to 6, started the 75th jubilee celebrations with a wine and cheese evening on Friday, which about 100 people attended, including past and present staff, past pupils, and anyone associated with the school.

A crowd of about 300, including people from Australia and across New Zealand, attended the official ceremony held at the school grounds on Saturday.

Three of the attendees were students on the school's first day, 75 years ago.

A cake made by Te Anau woman Kathryn Deaker, which some people thought was a real book, was cut by the school's youngest and oldest current pupils.

The school was showcased well by the children, who put on a great show, which was followed by a jubilee banquet with guest speakers.

The weekend's events finished yesterday with a church service.

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