Newspaper Article 1980 – Centennial organ in action

Centennial organ in action

Gifts on display at assembly

A centennial assembly was held at Timaru Girls High School yesterday, giving many pupils their first look at gifts presented during the centennial.
On display were the organ; the cheque for squash courts foundation fund, presented by Timaru Girls High Old Girls Associations throughtout [throughout] the country; a painting of the school by Gypsy Poulston, presented by former pupils; a large photograph of the Cains Street frontage of the schol [school], commissioned by the Old Girls Association centennial committee; and a copy of the centennial history of the school, also commissioned by the centennial committee.

The committee chairman, Mrs J. Davidson, was at assembly to explain the gifts. She was thanked by the head girl, Helen Verity.

Many heard the new organ for the first time when Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary was played by Mrs Susan Burt on the organ with trumpeter Andrew Bignell, from Timaru Boys High.

The principal, Mrs B.R. Wilson, said that many visitors including former staff and pupils, parents and friends of the school attended the assembly.

Photo caption – Mrs J. Davidson (left), chairman of the Timaru High School Old Girls Association centennial committee, and the principal, Mrs B.R. Wilson, watch sixth former Carolyn Dickson trying out the school’s new organ after the centennial assembly yesterday.

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  • Janet Davidson
  • Susan Burt
  • Andrew Bignell
  • Mrs B R Wilson
  • Carolyn Dickson
  • Gypsy Poulston


Timaru Girls' High School

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8 April 1980

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The Timaru Herald

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