Kaitoke School 30th Birthday Celebrations & Grand Opening of Tiger Turf Courts

“At 30, you’re old enough to look back, and young enough to look forward”. – UNKNOWN

That’s exactly what we were doing here at Kaitoke School – reflecting on the beginnings of the school and looking back at old photos in our pop up mini museum and looking forward and celebrating with the young generation performing for our visitors.

Leo got proceedings underway with a welcome and then Winnie Blackwell and Ben Sanderson cut the ribbon to declare the Tiger Turf Courts officially open. We acknowledge the financial assistance from the GBI Local Board. Thanks to Adam Cherrie from Tiger Turf for making the trip over and bringing new sports gear for our students. We are also grateful to Darren Gray for going the extra mile to get the fence of the new courts in place. Darren & Richard worked tirelessly in all weathers to get the courts ready for our students and we thank Sealink for assisting in bringing over the Tiger Turf van and equipment.

The sun continued to shine and visitors were then invited to either join in a competition for the bent bat trophy with a uni-hoc game of students versus parents or take part in a fun quiz on local history. This was followed by a wonderful shared lunch. Thank you to everyone who called in with a plate and all those who prepared the food and washed up all day. Special thanks to Vanessa Langford for her amazing 3 tiered cake which had the students transfixed!

We are grateful to John Duran and his wife and also the Fafita family for making the trip over. Current staff & parents really enjoyed catching up with past parents and students so thank you all for coming. Thanks to Isabel Mabey for taking charge of the group photos and then it was time for the panel discussion with Steve Kendall, Steve Billingham, Winnie Blackwell, John Duran, Ben Sanderson and Yvane Fafita sharing their memories of special times here at Kaitoke School.

After the students went home, others called in for light refreshments and more catching up in the staffroom. Thanks to Thomas Daly for rallying the troops and setting up our new Facebook page. Of course, this was just the dress rehearsal for the 50th celebrations so watch this space!!!

We look forward to catching up again with the community at our forthcoming major annual fundraiser, The Barry Mouat Memorial Barrier Air WHARF 2 WHARF MARATHON taking place on 6 October. Join us for the prize giving event in the evening at the Sports Club in Claris. If you can help on the day or to register please ring the school on 4290 273 or Ngaire on 4290 605. Thanks.

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