Wednesday June 6, 2018
Paparangi School 50th anniversary By Brian Sheppard
Students perform the school haka
Assembly comperes Jacqui Li, Sia Goel and Angus Blair
PHOTOS by Brian Sheppard
Past and present staff and families from Paparangi School renewed friendships and shared recollections to mark its 50th anniversary over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Paparangi was built in 1967 as a side school of Johnsonville, with four classes to accommodate pupils from the Beazley subdivision. From its opening in May 1968, it grew from 141 pupils and 6 staff until 1976, when it reached a roll of 400 with 15 teaching staff. Numbers then declined but the trend has since been reversed. It now has 12 classes and over 200 students, and the numbers grow. Strong community support is essential. In its early years, the area’s developer, Jim Foothead Ltd, donated a swimming pool. The school hall is also the result of community support, having been purchased from the Trentham Army Camp in 1974, dismantled and rebuilt on site. Willing parent participation has continued, with an extensive programme of tree-planting and the restoration and reopening of the school’s library last year.
Teaching staff from 1968, Anne Marie Moorhead (Left), Bailey Cox and teacher Lorece Vesty show some of the Donald Barrowman (Principal 1968-81) and Veronica children’s project work (Nell) Shepherd
Independent Herald 06-06-18