A FEW PARKVALE PERSONALITIES
ARNOLD PAUL: Secretary to the N. Z. High Commissioner in Tokyo, Japan; later N.Z Trade Commissioner in Singapore for 4 years. For the past 2 years in Government Service, Wellington.
GEORGE LOWE (teacher): Outstanding mountaineer – accompanied Hillary in successful ascent of Mt Everest, 1953. Married the daughter of Sir John Hunt, Everest Expedition leader; now Headmaster of Boy’s School in Santiago, Chile.
ELSIE LEIPST: Nursing sister who served in Shetland Islands, England and Palestine. Spent two years in Korea, representing the Save the Children movement at Masan Hospital.
RAY SYMONS: First member of Territorial Force team, competing at Trentham in Riffle Shooting to win both the Coleman and Ballinger Belts at the one meeting.
RON SHAKESPEARE: Hastings Accountant; Manager of N.Z. Empire Games, Olympic and Swimming Teams overseas and at home.
JACK DAVIS: New Zealand Boxing Champion.
BILL DAVIS: (son of above) H.B. representative and N.Z. “All Black” Rugby footballer.
GLADYS SYMES, M.B.E.: Athlete and athletic administrator; N.Z. representative athlete and basketballer.
MERVYN WYBROTT: Holder of world title in roller skating.
JEAN HALL (nee McMillan): Mother of family of swimmers, some of whom have represented N.Z. at home and overseas.
TOM GARROD: Playing member of the Hastings Golf Greenwood Team for 40 years – 1928-1968; also well-known cricketer.
MARY TRIM (nee Buckingham): Missionary in India.
HARRY STEVENSON: Director of Lewis Construction Company, Malvern, Australia. Australian Government Representative at the Geneva Conference of International Labour Organisation.
IAN BOAG: Passed M.E. Degree in Chemical Engineering at Canterbury University; now attending Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, studying for his Doctorate.
ROSS SMITH: (Son of old boy-Nigel). Passed M. Sc. with Distinction in Physics at Canterbury University: Now reading for his Doctorate at Trinity College, Cambridge.
DICK SIMPSON, L.L.M:. Chancellor of Victoria University, Wellington. Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council and very prominent in varied social activities on a national level.
EUGENE GRAYLAND: Originator, printer and publisher of the Parkvale magazine, “Blue and Yellow” in 1930. This small beginning, which ran for some years at Parkvale, probably launched Eugene on his writing career. He is now a writer of some note, author of “New Zealand Disasters” and other works. Domiciled in Auckland.
The academic list of illustrious old pupils could be lengthened considerably – quite a number are now in the throes of University study and will shed lustre on their old school in due course. It is quite impossible to avoid omissions in this field, and many, no doubt should have been included who have achieved like distinction in various forms of endeavour. Some have simply been chosen at random to show that Parkvale’s old pupils have given their school good cause to hold its head high, while feeling gratefully proud of its children. The school, however, can be heard to mutter, “I am proud of ALL my children, just as long as they are LADIES and GENTLEMEN!”
The Jubilee Library….
There was a good response to the appeal to donate books for the Jubilee Library, and to date, as a result, 83 volumes have been added to the library at a total cost of $130.35c. There are still a limited number of presentation stickers left, so if you would like to present a book from your family, please write for a sticker and send it to the school with a book of your choice, or a book token and we will make the choice for you. Fiction would be preferred at seven to twelve-year-old level.