Rakaia School Celebrating 150 Years
Open since 1872
Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamuaI walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past
Celebrating Our 150th Year at Rakaia School
It was 1872 when Rakaia School started its journey from the South Rakaia Hotel where the first school committee was formed and opened it’s doors to the community. Ever since then, we have remained an integral part of the community, as Rakaia School sits at the heart of our Orakaia – a place that brings everyone together.
Our journey has seen us through three major wars, a flu epidemic, the snowfall of ‘76, devastating earthquakes and even through the latest covid 19 outbreak. Despite all these things, we still stand strong today and continue to ‘rakaia’ together, having made great memories and steadfast friendships throughout the years.
We cordially invite you to come together and join us for an action packed, fun filled weekend celebrating 150 years of Rakaia School. Share your stories, reminisce on your memorable moments and enjoy this time together as a community, over delicious food and plenty of laughter.
*** Labour Weekend ***
21st October – 23rd October 2022
Friday 21st October 2022 5:30pm onwards: Conversazione – A time to gather, share stories and collect your weekend registration packs. Finger food provided with drinks available for purchase.
Saturday 22nd October 2022 (Day) 10:00am – 4:30pm: School Grounds- a fun filled day with photo walls, an afternoon tea fit for royalty, old school games that were played along the veranda, picnics, live music performances by our children, generational photos and don’t forget the cutting of the cake followed by an afternoon tea.
Saturday 22nd October 2022 (Evening) 6:00pm: 150 Jubilee Gala – an evening of entertainment and a chance to mingle with fellow old boys and girls of the school. Supplied with a bountiful banquet of food to graze upon, followed by raffles, old stories, comedy, live entertainment and more.
Sunday 23rd October 2022 (Morning) 10:30am: Remembrance service – a chance to come together and reflect upon our journey and show gratitude to all the hard working men and women from across the 150 years that have made Rakaia School into the success it is today. All denominations welcomed.
We look forward to celebrating 150 years of Rakaia School with all of you and creating memories that will be cherished for years to come!