By RACHEL MACDONALD
Registrations are open, the band is booked, and the cake is being planned, as preparations ramp up for Loburn School’s 150th Jubilee at the end of the year.
Even the school’s traditional annual pet day has been moved to fit in with the celebrations on November 8 to 9, principal Stuart Priddy says.
“We figured that if people were coming along to enjoy the festivities over the weekend, this would be a special chance to have a look around the school as it is today, and get to meet this generation of our children.”
There have already been pupils from as far back as the 1930s signing up to come along.
The event, he says, is about reconnecting with the school and with past mates from both Loburn and Okuku primary schools.
Okuku School closed in 1986, a year after its centenary celebrations, with its few remaining students moving to Loburn.
Jubilee committee chairwoman Jan Moore says, as well as pet day on Friday, November 8, there will be Devonshire teas served in the afternoon, followed by a social gathering, drinks and nibbles in the evening.
Scones, jam and cream are also on the menu for Saturday afternoon, followed by dinner at the school courtesy of local restaurant Lemongrass.
Other businesses in the area have also come on board to supply the contents of the weekend’s welcome packs.
“We’re borrowing photos from the museum to take people back down memory lane, and our waiters over the weekend will be some of our senior students, so they get to play a role too, as well as chalking up points as part of their Year 8 community service programme,” she says.
There will be student groups providing entertainment on both Friday and Saturday. And the band for Saturday night, Who the Funk, is made up of members of the committee, along with a current student.
“We’re hoping to get all registrations in by the end of October, so we can plan for numbers,” Mr Priddy says.
Anyone keen to celebrate 150 years of schooling in Loburn can visit the Facebook page at: facebook.com/Loburn150, or the school’s website, loburn.school.nz, to find out more. People can register for the event online at bit.ly/2PMsCMO.