Newspaper Article 2000 – Central celebrates 125th birthday

Central celebrates 125th birthday

More than 500 past and present pupils of Central School, Hastings, celebrated the school’s 125th anniversary last weekend.

The school which began life on July 5, 1875, where the Kmart carpark now is, was originally a small, rough-sawn building.

It was replaced with a three-room school on its present site on the corner of Southampton Street and Karamu Road south, in 1879.

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LEFT: Central pupil Suzanne Aplin holds two commemorative bottles of wine bearing a label showing a sketch she made of the old school gym in 1998.

RIGHT: Central School’s youngest present-day pupil, Jordan October, who started on September 11, cuts the commemorative birthday cake with the eldest past pupil at the anniversary, Victoria Spooner, 93.


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  • Suzanne Aplin
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