Ex-pupils get plenty of time catch up

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It was all about reconnecting and remembering when 182 past pupils of the Tapanui District High School (TDHS) gathered in Tapanui over the weekend for their 150th school reunion.

Organiser Avis Fenton said everybody had enjoyed themselves immensely.

“We made sure everyone got all the time they needed to sit down and talk,” she said.

“It was an amazing event and it all came about when I discovered my 100th centenary name tag in a drawer and thought: when was the 150th due?

” So I did the math and discovered it was 2018. Alwyn Stiven said, ‘We can’t ignore this occasion’, so off we went and were very surprised at the response.”

Visitors showed up with lots of memorabilia, including Mr Thomas – the school strap.

Past pupils Oscar Davis and Raewyn Miller, who both attended the school n the 1960s, said the reunion was very well organised and a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

“It was very special for us as it brought back memories of a favourite teacher, Mr King, whose son came along and made it all memorable.” Mrs Miller said.

Neil and Daphne Kirk said they loved the way it had been organised, as it allowed time for people to talk to old friends rather than fill up the event with activities such as dances.

Mr Kirk – who attended TDHS in the 1940s and ’50s – said he was glad he had come along and it was great to see the organisers had combined the reunion with the West Otago WW100 Armistice Day parade and festivities at Tapanui.

Tapanui School was established in 1868 and became Tapanui District High School in 1902.

It became two schools, Tapanui School and Blue Mountain College, in 1976.