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No. 31January—February 2008
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Primary School Reunion
This was extremely successful. Over 200 attended theFriday night part of the gathering on November 23, andwe were close to the school hall’s capacity on the Sat-urday. The main memory I have (the Editor was theyoungest attendee there at a mere 44 years of age,attended 1968-1974) was this tremendous wall of sound — everyone was chatting, sharing memories,getting to know one another again.Thanks goes to Avondale Primary for hosting the firstgeneral reunion for Avondale Primary School past-pupils in 37 years; and the hard-working organisingcommittee: Doris Selwyn (our facilitator), Val Walton,Val Humphries-Grey, Margaret Griffiths, Ron Oates,assisted by Neville Exler (who helped out with the liquorrequirements). A-1 Caterers put on a wonderful spreadboth days, and the Pastry Chef Bakery in Great NorthRoad, Avondale prepared the two cakes (we had to havea large one and medium one, chocolate sponges, becausethere was so many of us there!). The cake-cutters wereCliff Mitchell, Cameron Kay, Lorna Gagen and DollyWebb.
Thanks also to all who attended. The range of ages ranfrom myself, right through to Mr. Cameron Kay, 100years old, who attended the school 1913-1914. Specialthanks to those who supplied us with copies of their oldphotos.
I mentioned at the event that a 150th anniversary reunionin 2010 could be in the offing. 1860, after all, was whenthe first Whau School began, in the little PresbyterianChurch. Well, there were those who have said thatthere’d never be another general reunion after the one in1970. Thanks to all of you, we’ve proved them wrong.To celebrate the 150th anniversary — now
would bequite a shin-dig! We’ve got just over two years to go, andcounting ...