School celebrates 50 years of achievement
by Hinerangi Vaimoso
Old friends were reunited and new ones from other generations gained when Central Hawke’s Bay College celebrated its 50th jubilee at the weekend.
More than 700 past and present pupils, some from as far away as Australia and England, converged on Waipukurau for the weekend. Celebrations marked the 50th anniversary of the almagamation [amalgamation] of Waipawa and Waipukurau district high schools in 1959.
Among the returning pupils was Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples who spoke at a special assembly.
Black Fern Emma Jensen was also on the list of guest speakers along with diplomat and former secretary of defence Chris Seed and lawyer and human resourcing expert Elizabeth Bird.
At least 12 former teachers who have gone on to be principals around New Zealand also returned.
Principal Richard Schumacher was looking forward to have a hand in churning out a future that’s just as impressive as the past.
“The jubilee has been a stunning celebration for a school that has done so well over the past 50 years,” Mr Schumacher said.
“And by the quality and talent on show of the current school, the next 50 years is looking exciting.”
“A stunning celebration for a school that has done so well over the past 50 years.” “Richard Schumacher, principal
Photo caption – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: Charlie Anderton, Bill Bennett, help 12-year-old Louise Hanks cut the jubilee cake.
Picture: Supplied HBT091572-01