Thursday August 17, 2017
School set for ton of anniversary fun By Jamie Adams
The pupils of St Mark’s Church School will be re-enacting life in the 1910s as the school gears up for its centenary next month. Principal Kent Favel said three years of preparation will culminate in a “wonderful week” of celebration for the Anglican School, from September 8 to 11. Celebrations will start on Friday with children and staff dressing up for the day in costumes from 1917. And in the evening a cocktail function at the Michael Fowler Centre will allow alumni to first mingle after collecting their registration packs. “On Saturday we have a huge open day for alumni where they can join the archives trail. Past staff and students will be speaking. “Students will be performing on the day. “There will be a mix of the old and the new,” Kent said. The highlight of the weekend will be the centenary dinner at Te Papa, with former student Mark Hadlow to be the Master of Ceremonies. Sunday will see the school hold a special centenary service at St Paul’s Cathedral while Monday, the actual centenary day, will see a special assembly held. The Governor General Dame Patsy Reedy will be present for a cake-cutting ceremony, some-
Kaavya Badiyani, Lola Naidoo, Sophie Huang, Livi Harvison, Logan Balladares Trinh, all 5, in front of an artwork created by pupils to celebrate St Mark’s Church School’s centenary. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
thing that pupils who the Cook Strait News spoke to particularly looked forward to. Kent said while traditions remained, some of the only physical things left from 1917 were boulders that were part of the original church that the school was named after – St Mark’s Church.
Another legacy is the many paintings that hang within the walls of the main building. They were donated by Annie Holm, the school’s first headmistress who administered for 35 years. “She’s the star of the show,” Kent said.
“It is a team effort to organise a schools 100th birthday and the Centenary Committee have done a superb job”. He praised archivist Sian Torrington, who had done a “remarkable job” collating information about the school’s history. It has a number of notable alum-
ni, including Hollywood actor Karl Urban, comedian Raybon Kan and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. The school is encouraging past and present students to attend the centenary, as well as their friends and families. To register go to st-marks.school. nz/100years.
Cook Strait News 17-08-17