I remember when…

Past pupils who attended the reunion. Back row: Brian Windust, Noeline Godfrey, John Fenwick, Bruce Windust, Errol Godfrey, Keven Godfrey, Graham Fenwick, Colleen Corse-Scott (Olver), George Tier, Ian Godfrey. Front row; Alf Powell, Ann Field (Powell), Leigh Horne (Appleton), Tui Hackett (Powell), Yvonne Walton (Windust), Jenny Hilliam (Price), Isla McDivitt (Johnson), Charlie Fenwick

Former pupils of the now-closed Graham’s Fern School met recently for a luncheon at the Dargaville RSA to exchange memories and laughter. Many stories between the 18 past pupils began with ‘I remember when…’ 

The idea for the reunion came to light at an 80th birthday party when friends who had lived at Hoanga and attended the school began talking about old times, and asking ‘I wonder where they are now?’.

When contacted they were enthusiastic to get together again, and 18 of the 28 past pupils travelled from around the North Island, plus one from Brisbane, bringing their partners to attend. 

“The event went very well, and everyone enjoyed their time together,” said reunion organiser, Margaret Tier.

A 1965 photo of the school was printed onto a coffee mug and presented to the 43 people who gathered for the reunion. 

The school was built above the mill town of Hoanga in 1901 and served the area for more than 50 years, closing in 1953. 


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