STREET SCHOOL 1901 - 2001
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
- 2001 (Held
Labour Weekend 2001)
FROM THE CENTENNIAL CHAIRPERSON:
On behalf of the Centennial Committee, I welcome
you to the Centennial Celebrations. We hope you enjoy the festivities,
and that you have a chance to catch up with many of your old school friends
and families. The organising committee has organised an excellent programme;
we invite you to visit our classrooms and see the school as it is today
! Enjoy the weekend !
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, He tangata, He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world? It is People, it is People,
it is People! (Sir Apirana Ngata)
Faye Roberts, Centennial Chairperson
FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
A very warm welcome to this special celebration.
Our school has a very proud tradition to uphold, and it is a privilege
to serve as Principal at this important time in the schools history.
The pupils, staff, PTA and Board are keen to share this centennial with
you. Thank you for the part you have played in our schools history.
I hope you enjoy the weekend, chatting with old school friends, and seeing
our school of 2001, serving a new generation of young Feilding citizens.
Geoff Lovegrove, Principal
SCHOOL - A SHORT HISTORY
9 September School opened with Mr Sam Wyllie, Headmaster, and 97 pupils
(Roll rose to 111 by the end of the first week, all in one room)
1903 April With a roll of 158 in two
classrooms (3 teachers) the struggle was intense to get a third classroom
1903 October Roll of 160, and still
some children over five years waiting to be enrolled. Some lunches stolen
(a pony was suspected)
1904 27 April Lord Ranfurly (Governor
General) and Captain Scott of the Discovery visited the school.
1906 July Continued wet weather made
the field too muddy for use. Boys played draughts during intervals.
1911 11 September Over 120 pupils
absent during measles epidemic.
1914 11 August Telegram received from
the Minister of Defence, accepting the school's offer of a horse for the
Expeditionary Force. Pupils responded enthusiastically, and the horse
was presented to Trooper Dugal Thompson.
1916 October Average attendance in
the four rooms is 81.6
1918 4 November School closed for
a half-day following unconditional surrender of Austria. 12 Nov School
closed for 12 weeks following outbreak of influenza epidemic.
1922 July-August Diphtheria epidemic
caused alarm. Slates and toothbrushes disinfected and school fumigated.
1923 August Roll 361. Mr Stuckey,
inspector, visited and said he could not recommend a new room. Children
must be "squeezed in somehow".
1925 April School resumed after being
closed since December 18 for Infantile Paralysis.
1926 March Children at Kowhai Park
to meet Governor General, Sir Charles Ferguson.
1931 3 February Severe earthquake
shook the school at 10.50. Terrible suffering in Napier and Hastings.
A further shock felt at 1.30pm on 6 February. 13 Feb Sixteen children
from the earthquake area attending the school.
1936 November Electric light installed
in every room.
1937 6 September Consolidation of
Awahuri and Makino schools with Lytton Street.
1939 February Waiata School consolidated
with Lytton Street
1940 March Eric Mingins of HMS Achilles
at school for afternoon tea, after the naval engagement with "Graf
Spee". School dismissed on death of Primer Minister, Rt Hon. M J
1942 25 September Sgt Keith Elliot,
ex-pupil, awarded the Victoria Cross. Flag hoisted, children addressed
by Headmaster, and half-holiday granted to mark the occasion.
1945 4 May Holiday for victory over
Germany and Italy.
1949 May Coke Heaters installed. Radio
/ Intercom set installed in all rooms. Fordigraph Duplicator supplied.
1950 May New typewriter. New "Janet
and John" readers in use in Infant Rooms. September Average roll
April Two classrooms in new block occupied. Plans drawn for new swimming
pool. New block ready for completion for Golden Jubilee
Fifty Years Jubilee was celebrated with 550 sitting down to the banquet
and Keith Elliot taking the thanksgiving service.
1952 9 December New pool filled, and
opened on 10th. School champions Brian Kitchen and Jenny Dougherty swam
the first length.
1953 Roll climbed to 687, and Stewie
Freebairn became the school's first All Black.
Roll reached 736.
1958 North Street School opened, and
LSS roll dropped to 572.
1959 Work on the new Assembly Hall
began, with completion in time for the 60th Jubilee celebrations in1961.
1964 Feilding Intermediate opened
and took all of the Form One children.
1967 Mr Jack Grant left after ten
years as Headmaster, and Mr Pete Rowling took up his duties in 1968.
1970 Growth of that part of Feilding
meant that the roll was soon back to over 600.
1974 New 5-roomed "relocatable"
block built on the Monmouth Street side. A hurried move was made into
the new block on 24 September 1975, as the contractors had arrived to
take the three "temporary" prefabs to another school. These
had been in place from 1945 to 1975.
1975 Lytton Street School celebrated
its 75th Jubilee. 300 attended the Friday Evening function and 700 the
Saturday afternoon get-together.
1980 Mr Rowling retired as Principal
(The term "Headmaster" disappeared in 1972), And Mr T L Smale
took up his duties.
1984 Mr Maurice Trail became the school's
new Principal, until his retirement in 1989.
1985 Many will remember Mrs Keitha
McKendry, who took up a Senior Teacher's position this year, and continued
until her retirement in 1998.
1989 (The beginning of Tomorrow's
Schools, and greater community input to local schools). Mr Don Boniface
took up the Principal's position, and began the project to remodel the
administration and staffroom area, along with the two New Entrant classrooms.
During this time the library was computerised, and two double garages
were added, to provide a caretaker's shed and resource storage space.
A large Adventure Playground was also added for the Junior School. Mr
Boniface retired in 1994.
1995 Mr Geoff Lovegrove appointed
as the new Principal. Junior Rooms 1-4 were remodelled, along with the
Asssembly Hall, a new kitchen and resource areas, and a Reading Recovery
1996 A new Adventure Playground was
added, for the Senior School pupils.
1998-1999 A major project was commenced,
to develop the library into a large, attractive and dynamic learning centre
for the school. Large spaces were provided for classes to work in, and
computers were provided. The school's computer system was upgraded and
networked. The Lytton Street library has become a focal point for learning
in Feilding, and is visited by many educators and the public.
1999 With Ministry approval for two
extra classrooms, the decision was made to provide a Technology Centre
and a Computer Lab. These were placed adjacent to the newly upgraded library,
and included decks for outdoor activities, a staff preparation area, and
additional resource space.
2001 The upgrade of the school grounds
(At last!) meant the total re-asphalting of the hard areas. The Pupils'
Council provided the painted markings, and some extensive gardens and
shrub areas were added.