Featherston School marking 150 years with Easter reunion
Events such as a mix and mingle, open school, dinner dance and church service will be attended by about 250 ex-students and teachers.
Ex-student, current school administrator and reunion organiser Floris Nation, says people are coming from all over the world to visit the old school.
“Local, Belgium, United States, all sorts,” says Floris of the places attendees are travelling from.
The first of the celebrations is the mix and mingle at the local Anzac Hall being officially opened by the South Wairarapa Mayor, Adrienne Staples, on Friday.
“It’s supposed to close at 10:30 but we’re expecting it to go until midnight seeing as so many people are coming. That’s fine, it’ll be good for us all,” Floris says.
The following day, the school will open for visitors to see classrooms and how much the school has changed.
“The school is open for five hours on Saturday so they can have a look at the new school. It’s a lot different to what it was when we were at school,” she says.
Later, the dinner dance will be another opportunity for attendees to catch up especially for an elderly past teacher.
Floris says that the oldest visitor is about 93 and was an ex-teacher.
Events are paid for by attendees in advance so no fundraising was needed, she says.
A donation of $200 was made from the Lioness Club and Featherston’s home and school association have helped with the organisation.
“You need security, you need bar staff and you need people to sell your souvenirs so I gave them that job,” she says about the parents.
The administrator has organised a few events in her 20 years working at Featherston School after being a student herself.
“When I first started working, they had the 40th reunion for the Rimutaka Tunnel and I got put onto that committee.”
She says the current students are having a dress up day this Thursday to get into the old school spirit.
“Even I’m dressing up in an old costume. That will be interesting.”