Pokeno school prepares for 150th Jubilee in March

Committee member Karen Leathem with students, Lily Richards, Yutha Ganeva, Mollie Tohaia, ZeekOtunuku, Joseph Heta and Eukeni Costa

Committee member Karen Leathem with students, Lily Richards, Yutha Ganeva, Mollie Tohaia, ZeekOtunuku, Joseph Heta and Eukeni Costa

Janine Baalbergen

Pokeno’s school will be celebrating 150 years next March. The school has been around in various forms and on several different locations within the town.
“The jubilee will be more about 150 years of education rather than the existence of a school building on Pokeno Road”, says the school’s Principal, Blair Johnston.
The current school building dates back to 1961, there were a few classrooms on that site from 1956 as the school itself was still located elsewhere. “Our jubilee will be a turning point for Pokeno,” says Mr Johnston. “It will be the last jubilee as a small semi-rural school. When we reach our 175th, the school and the town will look very different.”
The reunion, which will be held over the weekend of March18-20, 2016, is currently being organised by a small, but highly motivated group of mostly ex-pupils of the school, including two members who are in their eighties and nineties, and thus far have attended every committee meeting.
The last Jubilee in 1991 attracted 300 people, but at the moment noone has any idea how many people will turn out for the 150th. “The town hall can only accommodate 150 people so anyone who wants to attend these events needs to register as soon as possible,” says Mr Johnston.
For more information or registration form: www.pokeno.school.nz

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