1942 Class Reunion – Havelock North Primary School
It was Richard Small who started it all. Twice – over quite a long period he was in Hawke’s Bay and mentioned to anyone living in the vicinity that we should have a classroom reunion. It took some time to get the wheels moving, but what a worthwhile venture it turned out to be! So 5 old classmates who lived locally got together to work out how to get in touch with everybody. It seemed an enormous task but with the shared enthusiasm of Graeme Robson, Colin Wake, Frank Cooper, Garethe Liley [nee Jones] and Delcie Norwell [nee Westerman] a start was made. All thought it was fun.
Between the five old pupils, contact was made with all those who started in Mrs. Gunn’s 5yr olds’ class in 1942. Only two contacts could not be made out of over 40 pupils. A few more pupils were added who came to Havelock North Primary school during the following few years and joined this class.
This particular class spent two years in the Havelock Domain Pavilion as their classroom in Std. 1 and 2. The school was very short of classrooms at the time until the prefab classrooms were erected at the back of the old school. Miss Eileen Crombie was the Std. 1 teacher [7yr old pupils]. Mostly the class felt very special because:  The swimming pool was just out the door and
 We actually had our own cloakroom and toilet facilities while the rest of the school had to share the all-weather toilets miles from the rest of the classrooms, and
 We had our own open fireplace in the room.
Other teachers for this class were Miss Chapman, Miss Renner, Mr. Arthur Black, and Mr. Gordon White.
Std. 4 and 5 [10 and 11 year olds] had Mr. Arthur Black for their teacher. We were so lucky to have him attend our reunion. Most of us found it quite hard coming to terms with calling him Arthur after knowing him for so long as Mr. Black.