Planning under way for school’s 150th jubilee

Remembering the good old days. . . Edendale School principal David McKenzie and pupils (from left) Thomas Clark, 5, Jack Duffy, 10, Penny Blackmore and Erica McBeath, both 7, look at some of the photographs and memorabilia that will be on display when the school celebrates its 150th jubilee in 2025. Each of the children are members of families whom have had several generations of children attend the school. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

One of Southland’s older primary schools will celebrate its 150th jubilee in 2025.

The Edendale Primary School community will hold a three-day event in January 2025 to mark the milestone.

Principal David McKenzie said planning for the event was under way.

‘‘Hitting 150 years of educational service to our community is a significant milestone that is worthy of a real celebration.’’

A school was one of the central community hubs that drew people together around a common good, the education of children.

‘‘A jubilee is a time to gather once again, drawing people together across decades, to remember and celebrate.

‘‘This is very special and valuable, giving a sense of belonging and connectedness.’’

Jubilee events will start on Friday, January 17 when attendees will register and when a formal welcome will be held followed by a meet and greet.

On Saturday a community celebration picnic will be held with photographs and some formalities followed up bya evening meal that included speeches.

Then on Sunday the jubilee will finish with a thanksgiving service and a light social gathering.

A registration of interest form is live on the school’s website which will be followed up by a full registration in mid May 2024.