Waitaki Boys High School is
preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary next month - and
Derek Austin can't wait.
As chairman of the organising committee, Mr Austin has been
busy planning what he says will be a "momentous" occasion
between July 3 and 6.
On the Friday morning, a combined assembly will be held at
the school, at which the guest speaker will be University
College London provost and president Prof Malcolm Grant, who
is an old boy of the school.
Later that day, those attending the reunion will watch the
annual Waitaki Boys and St Kevins rugby game before an
The dinner is to be combined with the launch of A Haul of
Memories, a book about the school between 1975 and the
present day, written by recently retired teacher Russell
On the Saturday, there will be tours of the school and the
Waitaki district, and some of the visitors will take part in
the school's cross-country.
That night, a dinner and dance will be held, and the
celebrations will end with a thanksgiving service in the Hall
of Memories on the Sunday morning.
More than 600 people have registered for the celebrations,
including some who will come from as far away as the United
Kingdom, Canada and the United States. - Thomas Moore