Buckland School’s 125th Anniversary celebration will be held on Friday 17 March 2017.
The school has always been central to the close community feel within the Buckland district since it’s opening in 1892. It holds fond memories of primary school days for many. The school is described as ‘the heart of the small town’ and was used for social functions and church services for many years as there was no hall at the time.
As part of the upcoming celebrations, students are learning all about what life at school was like back in ‘the olden days’—when many students rode to school on horses and the children learned to write on slates.
All past and present students and staff are welcome to attend an ‘Open Day’ to view the school, see students taking part in activities reflecting the last 125 years, and take a look at a historical display of photos and memorabilia.
After 3pm there will be a shared afternoon tea, including short speeches and the cutting of the anniversary cake. Following this the swimming pool will be open and families will have the opportunity to enjoy the school’s facilities, take part in ‘olden day’ games and meet up and renew friendships.
The school is not taking formal registrations but ask that those who are wanting to attend to complete the form on their website www.buckland.school.nz to indicate what part of the day you plan to attend to help with numbers.
The committee are asking the community if they have any items that they would like to share for the historical display (photos, trophies, newspaper clippings, reports, ribbons) please indicate this on the form. A member of the Heritage Group will be in contact prior to the event to make arrangements.
If you have any queries or need more information please contact Jan Butcher on 09 236 9722.