Natural history lesson .. Tapanui secondary school pupils visit the Otago Museum in 1956. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Organisers of a reunion celebrating 150 years of education in Tapanui are calling for registrations from past pupils, teachers and support staff.

The celebration is planned for November 9, 10 and 11.

Organising committee chairwoman Avis Fenton said Tapanui School was established in 1868. It then became Tapanui District High School in 1902. It became two schools, Tapanui School and Blue Mountain College, in 1976.

In the early days the primary and secondary divisions worked together in the same building, Mrs Fenton said.

“It’s 150 years since the primary school actually started,” Mrs Fenton said.

The first school in Tapanui was held in a hall on the site of the present community centre, she said.

The secondary school started with 15 pupils.

The weekend celebration will start on Friday, November 9, with an informal get-together at Forest Lodge in the evening.

A roll call will be held at noon the following day at Blue Mountain College, where a lunch will be served,

be on display.

Both the college and primary school will be open to visitors.

Mrs Fenton said buses would take people on the original routes to Dalvey and Crookston.

On Sunday there will be a church service and lunch to follow.

“Organisers are seeing this reunion as the last grand hurrah of this era and look forward to a good response from ex-pupils,” Mrs Fenton said.

They are urging people with friends and family who were educated in Tapanui to inform them of the reunion.

For further information contact Mrs Fenton on (03) 204-8484 or Alwyn Stiven on 27247-3656.

Memories… Organisers of a celebration of 150 years of education in Tapanui, Alwyn Stiven (left) and Avis Fenton, look at old photographs of school days. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS
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