School to celebrate 150 years

For Bessie Grubb, Labour Day weekend will be a trip down memory lane.

The 96-year-old will be the oldest former pupil of Waikouaiti School to attend the school's 150th anniversary reunion on October 22-24.

She will be among about 150 former pupils who will gather to celebrate the milestone.

Reunion chairwoman Barbara Nind said the school was one of the oldest in Otago.

It was established in October, 1860, on Beach St near the St John Anglican Church, and its first principal was Francis Franks.

However, its positioning near the beach was not popular with local families, and it was dragged by horses in the 1870s to its present site, now beside State Highway 1.

At its peak, the school catered for up to 290 pupils in the 1870s.

Ms Nind said the school's history would be celebrated with an open day on Friday, October 22, where former pupils could register for the reunion and wander around the school.

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