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1901 - 2001
(Held Labour Weekend 2001)

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

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 school’s 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 school’s 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


1901 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 provided.
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 Savage.
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 is 540.
1951 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.
1957 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 room.
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.

The Centennial Cake prepared by Mrs Johnson
"Oldest" and "Youngest" pupils cutting the Centennial Cake
Mr Bruce Beattie and Miss Charmaine Morrison

Guests were treated to a fine performance from the
Lytton Street School Maori Performance Group

Lester Arnold preparing the Lytton Street School
Choir for their performance at the opening ceremony

A large photo display spanning many years was enjoyed by all
Catching up with old times in the Marquee
Tree planting ceremony - a kauri kindly donated by
Graham Kitchen and family
An aerial view of Lytton Street School - 2001