The Oldest School in New Zealand Celebrates
You may not have heard, but the oldest school in New Zealand is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. What school is that, you ask? It’s ours!
Yes, Wakefield School, opened on 8 October 1843 in Mary-Ann Baigent’s front room on Edward Street, is the oldest continuous school in New Zealand. At least that’s our claim, and nobody has come forward to dispute it, and we’ve been testing the proposition around the country for a while.
So, we invite you to celebrate 175 years of schooling in Wakefield on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November.
Here’s what’s happening on those days:
Friday 9 November
11.00am - 3.00pm School showcase day. Come and see how school works today. Watch our super showcase extravaganza on Friday afternoon - songs, plays, puppets and much more!
7.00pm - 9.00p, Wine and cheese evening. Meet up with old school friends, community and neighbours. Speakers, entertainment by school groups.
Saturday 10 November
10.00am - 1.00pm Take a guided bus tour of historic Wakefield and districts. Visit Higgins Park steam museum, Willow Bank historic village and sites of former schools around the valleys, with stories and commentary from specialists. Lunch included.
1.00pm - 3.00pm Celebrations focus around rooms 1-2: photos, displays of historic information, children’s art exhibition and timeline of school history, big birthday cake and dedication of new school sign.
This includes the launch of a new book, Wakefield School: Into the 21st Century, a history of the past 25 years of our school by local author, Arnold Clark. Books will be available for purchase throughout the weekend and after.
3.00pm - 6.30pm WAKEFIELD SCHOOL FAIR!
No, it’s not the gala as we usually know it, although some things will be the same (great food, excellent entertainment and activities, children’s games, haunted house, petting zoo, rides, merchandise) and the event will capture the spirit of Wakefield school’s long history. The fair is open to all, you don’t have to have registered for the 175th celebrations to enjoy this part of the weekend.
7.00pm till late Party with Nelson’s best blues/rock band, Boogey Train. Bar and supper. Chill out space for those who want a quieter evening.
You can register for all or some of the events:
Hurry to register, some of the events are filling fast! Registrations close early October so get to it!
Welcome to new staff
We welcome two new teacher aides to our learning support team; Sarah Bowron and Brayden Lisiecki.
We also welcome Deirdre Johnson who will start a new entrant class in term four, located in room 10, to accommodate our fast-growing new entrant numbers.
We hope our new staff enjoy their time at Wakefield School.
Have a beaut week,
Please click here to be taken to Waimea Community of Learning website
To view the latest update please click the following link here
Here is a link to the Registration Form for the Wakefield School 175th Anniversary Celebration to take place on Friday 9th November and Saturday 10th November 2018. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family and anyone you consider may be interested. Please be aware that there are limited tickets available for some events, so early registration will ensure that you don't miss out.
Event Timing: Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November 2018
Event Address: Edward Street, Wakefield School
Contact us on 03 541 8332 or email email@example.com
Welcome to the Wakefield School 175th Anniversary Celebration. A varied weekend is planned for your pleasure and enjoyment. Please fill in the registration form below so we know what you plan on attending. Any references to Wakefield School below also relate to Eighty-Eight Valley School, Pigeon Valley School, Spring Grove School, Totara Bush Household School, Te Arowhenua Household School, Wai-iti School (formerly Upper Wakefield) and Foxhill School unless otherwise stated.
PLEASE COMPLETE ONE FORM FOR EACH PERSON REGISTERING - An attending partner does not have to do a full registration.
Please click on the following link to complete the registration form Fill out form