Pupils journey back in time for anniversary
Pupils in period costume trotted to school on horseback yesterday to mark the 150th anniversary of Arrowtown Primary School.
To mark the milestone, the school community imagined what life was like for the pioneering families and settlers who lived in the Wakatipu during the early years of the gold mining era.
Pupils, teachers and parents donned period garb for the walk to school at 8.30am, winding their way through the town to the school gates.
After the roll, there was a traditional assembly, the singing of God Save the Queen and themed lessons and sports including cursive script, marbles and hopscotch.
Deputy principal Tim Young said the effort on behalf of the school, parents and teachers was amazing.
An old-school fitness lesson complete with star jumps was also on the agenda, he said.
Parents snapped pictures of pupils as they arrived in traditional dress, some trotting into the grounds on horseback or on ponies.
Principal Robin Harris touched on 19th century school discipline during assembly.
An Arrowtown school first opened in 1863 and the current school, opened in 1997, caters for 420 pupils.
More 150th events are planned during Labour Weekend.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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