Tales abound at Waianiwa School's 150th

CASSANDRA POKONEY
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2013

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Nearly 400 people gathered to celebrate the Waianiwa School 150th jubilee at the weekend.

Organising committee member Jan Tait said the weekend had been "fabulous" and extremely well attended.

The weather was perfect, and had shown to the North Islanders and Australians, who had packed their winter gear, what Southland summers could be like, she said.

The weekend included cutting of the jubilee cake by the oldest former pupil and youngest pupil in attendance, Betty McNeill, 97, and Hannah Strang, 5.

A banquet on Saturday night was also great fun, she said. Attendees had spent much of the night sharing stories, including one involving a mischievous youngster who souvenired the school strap after becoming fed up at having been strapped 44 times in one day.

A thanksgiving church service, held in the 144-year-old St Mary's Church, was also well attended, Mrs Tait said.

The service was particularly meaningful as it was the first held in the church since it was moved from Stirling, she said.

The weekend had prompted several people to start thinking about individual class reunions, she said.

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