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Vauxhall School celebrates 100 years

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In strong voice… Vauxhall School pupils (from left) Isla Davis, Charlotte McBride, Soraya Yates and Olivia Shen at the opening ceremony of the school’s centenary celebrations.

Vauxhall School hosted 550 people at its centenary celebrations on 7 November.

Parents and former students and teachers were welcomed by the school’s kapa haka group and choir.

Former principals Peter Mulcahy, Jenny Anstiss and Maggie Twaddle spoke of their time at the school, widely known for being a leading proponent of multi-year open-plan classrooms.

He Ngahere Puawai – a centenary garden – was officially opened. It includes 350 plants, every student having planted one to mark the occasion.

Principal Gary Lawrence said that when the centenary year was launched in February, organisers had no idea what a difficult year 2020 would turn out to be due to Covid-19.

Many families could spend extra time together in their bubbles, while others faced financial struggles and other difficulties.

Through it all, the spirit at Vauxhall School had remained strong, “belonging together” and “looking after each other”, said Lawrence.

A Vauxhall Junior Baking Competition was won by Katie Tucker (8), of year 4. Second was Scarlett Riddington (6), year 2, while Allegra Smith (10), year 5, was third.

The school surveyed former pupils on the house they lived in when they attended Vauxhall School over the past 100 years. The joint winners (six families each) were 60 Wairoa Rd and 11 Oxford Terrace.

Later in the day, a mix-and-mingle function was held at North Shore Rugby Club.

Old boys… (from left) Rex Neary (79) 1946–49; Keith Humphreys (75) 1950–58; Warren Moor (74) 1951–59; David Little (74) 1951–58; Peter Elmsly (73), 1952–59 at the Vauxhall School centenary celebrations
Trailblazing…Vauxhall School’s pupils walk through its new garden, Ngahere Puawai, after the offical opening
Former principals…(left to right) Peter Mulcahy, Jenny Anstiss and Maggie Twaddle
Centenary culinary curators… (from left) Colleen Krzanich, Kim Westgate and Sally Scovell with the food for the day, provided by parents
Former pupil Catherine Fairbairn (now Takapuna Grammar School Head Girl) was inspired by her years at Vauxhall School

This article originally appeared in the 20 November 2020 edition of the Flagstaff. Read online here.

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