1920 - 2020
Laughter, rekindled friendships, fond memories, and wonderful performances by current students were at the centre of the celebrations at Blockhouse Bay Primary School over the 9th and 10th of April. The occasion was scheduled to take place in March of last year but was postponed due to the first lockdown.
Despite a damp few hours, past students, staff, and community members gathered together to revisit the school and discover all the changes which have taken place over the years. Guests included many past students and staff, including previous principal John Davies, and others who attended school from the 1930’s through to those who left very recently. Many others sent their greetings and congratulations.
Highlights included a chance to see current students at work in modern classrooms, tour the renovated historic school building ‘Te Manawa’ and peruse photographs and artifacts from across the years, culminating with a relaxed evening chatting at the Mix and Mingle party and enjoying the official ceremony on Saturday.
On Friday a dance festival took place across four stages and all current students took part. Cheers could be heard in Blockhouse Bay Village as the children entertained the crowds, and all enjoyed gathering as a community to have fun and remember those who have contributed to the school previously.
Members of the Blockhouse Bay community worked together with Principal Neil Robinson and other school staff to organise and run the centennial successfully. The Whau Local Board also contributed funds to support the centennial to take place.
An enduring reminder of the centenary is the art installation ‘Ngā manu ki te whau’ which was created by students and staff at the school. Ten tui, one for each decade of the school’s existence, now soar on the side of ‘Te Whau’ the school’s Performing Arts Centre. The tui remind us of the school’s vision ‘We seek, We strive and We soar’. It is the hope that all students, current and future will soar high just as previous generations of Blockhouse Bay students have.
Blockhouse Bay Primary School Principal