Arrowtown School 150th anniversary celebrations took the
form of a community day gala on the school grounds on
Saturday, despite the rain. Photo by James Beech.
Memories of days gone by were recalled by generations of
former pupils of Arrowtown School who travelled from around the
world to celebrate its 150th anniversary at the weekend.
Following the popular costumed re-enactment on Tuesday of a
typical school day in 1863, about 190 former pupils and staff
and contemporary parents attended a registration function in
the school hall on Friday night.
Photographs of classes of children from down the years
prompted plenty of debate and recollection, especially when
they tried to identify the pupils who were unnamed.
''There was a lot of reminiscing, a lot of stories and a lot
of catching up,'' event co-ordinator Julie Hughes, of
Arrowtown, said yesterday.
A community gala was held on the school grounds and attracted
hundreds of children and their families on Saturday.
Youngsters rode weird and wonderful bicycles, ponies and
motorised mini-utility vehicles to their hearts' content.
Trestle tables groaned with masses of bric-a-brac and home
Photographs were taken of former pupils from each decade,
beginning with the two surviving pupils from the 1920s - Alan
Reed and Jack Reid - who both still live in the village.
There were 20 former pupils from the 1950s.
Arrowtown School alumni travelled from as far as the United
Kingdom and Germany and there were apologies from the United
States and South Africa, showing just how far Arrowtown
pupils had travelled, Mrs Hughes said.
Young singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith, a former pupil,
told guests at the evening function in the school hall before
performing that she would not have had the confidence to play
live on stage without the encouragement of her teacher,
The buffet dinner and auction concluded the 150th anniversary
celebrations for Arrowtown School. Information gathered from
the weekend is destined for a time capsule.