Waiwhare School Log Book Extracts

Log Book Extracts

Aug 11 – School closed. Children formed a guard of honour outside the Municipal Theatre, Hastings, for the Civic Reception of Mr WG Lowe, member of the successful 1953 Everest expedition and former teacher of this school.

Nov 17 – Swimming was taken at Willowford from 2 to 3 pm. Mesdames Marshall, White, J Goulding and P Sheild assisted with supervision. It is intended to organise this instruction weekly.
(The Glenross settlers, in addition, have arranged for transport for their children to club baths in Hastings on Saturday mornings, where they will receive additional swimming coaching).


Adult education classes in basketry, painting and interior decorating for ten weeks.

April 24 – Messrs B & F Ward cut a driveway for the house site and removed stumps and levelled the road frontage of the section. Work started 18/6/56.

Nov 10 – A combined Waiwhare and Otamauri School Guy Fawke’s party organised by the Home and School Association was held in Mr F Ward’s shearers quarters.

March 13 – Beverley and Robin Jones moved from Glenross Station to a residence Willowford. They will walk to school each day. It is therefore no longer necessary for the Glenross School bus to make two trips to school each morning and afternoon.

Assistant Master Mr Peter G McQuarrie – left in May.

April 11 – Belinda Sheild’s final day of attendance. Mr & Mrs Sheild (her parents) are moving to take up further land, thirty miles from Blenheim.

April 10 – Standard 1-3 pupils were conducted on an eeling expedition. Preparation had included the manufacture of a hinaki, gaffs, bobs and fishing line. One 2’ 6” eel was captured and the experience was exciting to all. The following day a 2’9” eel was removed from the hinaki. The experience was directed towards growth and language. An eeling competition is planned for the Easter break.

April 17 – “Eeling Competition”. First prize was warded to Jocelyn and Wendy Drummond with an eel measuring 3’9”. Second was Catherine Richards whose eel measured 3’8”.

13/15/20/22 April – Defensive Driving Course held at the school for adults

30/3/65 – First meeting of local teachers for professional purposes took place at Pukehamoamoa. Full attendance. Rural adviser present. Meet twice a term. [Bill Taylor].

End of term returns –
Horseback – note John Comrie not eligible since 10th birthday.

23/11/71 – Sports v Sherenden, Lost softball. Won Padder tennis
6/12/73 – Padder Tennis v Sherenden . Waiwhare won.
Dec 1976 – Padder tennis tie with Otamauri School
Dec 1977 – Padder tennis with Otamauri – a second victory recorded
Oct 1978 – Won 13-7 v Otamauri
Nov 1978 won 12-4 vs Sherenden.

October 1987
Linda Ward is still busy getting the recipe book ready for publishing. The money raised from this was to go to the Kaitawa fund. It now appears that we have sufficient funds to see it through for Kaitawa and Linda suggests that the money go toward the school computer.

September 1992
A temporary supply  has been hooked up to David Ward’s farm to the tank on the hill. The possibility of getting water form the Willowford Stream was dismissed by Ted Ercolano as being too expensive, particularly having to pay for easements across David Ward’s property, which he insists will have to be done.  The Ministry later agreed to it at a cost of $14000, hopefully operating by July 1993.

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