In 1954, I was a foundation pupil at Papakura High School, and from then to now, Jeanette and I are still the greatest of friends, We have shared our children’s births, sadness as friends from those days have died, Jocelyn, we remember you always, sadness as one by one our parents have gone, family illness, happiness at times, joy as we meet, very occasionally, and more.
In 1957, I was awarded a Prefect’s Badge, along with 19 others. Arch Campbell was our headmaster, a fair and honest man who ran the school with a firm hand, and was so respected.
How hard is it to take a photo of that badge today? The silver reflected my face, the camera, background objects, but with some Silvo and polish, only a few marks of wear and tear show. ( Yes, I am the great keeper of all things memorable!!)
Translated “ Aim for the Highest”
Can you find me???
This week at Rotorua Lakes High School, prefects’ badges were presented to the students who had been elected by the staff and pupils of Year 12, at the end of 2014. NCEA awards were also given out for those who passed with Merit or Excellence. Annette was there , and then another photo of Josh with his mates. We are so proud, and now I wonder how my parents felt back in 1957!! The buttonholes were of fresh flowers , and they all were able to keep them. Thanks, Josh, for permission to post these photos, they are also on Facebook. Congratulations to all the students who received an award or a badge, or both.
Then, this graduation medal and photo must surely be here as well.My Mum, Grace Gold Phairn, graduated as a “Mental Health Nurse” in 1931, There were 73 nurses who sat their finals in December, a total of 5 achieved First Grade, my Mum was the only one in Nelson, and her marks of 84% the highest in the written paper. She didn’t talk much about those days, and only recently I found this on the Government website. So I can be again so proud of our family, those gone, and those here today.
Quotation of the day, from Eleanor Roosevelt
“ The future belongs to those who believe
in the beauty of their dreams”
Greetings from Jean