A BRIEF HISTORY OF TARARUA COLLEGE
Tararua College opens on 2nd February.
First open day for the public on 2nd April.
First Parents Association meeting on 4th May.
B Block completed Grand piano, mahogany lectern and table purchased for the Hall with a gift of 600 pounds from the Pahiatua DHS Memorial fund.
The silver birches were planted on the main drive
Tararua College officially opened by the Governor General, Viscount Cobham, in the presence of the local MP, the Prime Minister elect Keith Holyoake on 11th October.
College choir’s first broadcast 9 Lessons and Carols service 11.25am on Christmas Day on 2ZA Palmerston North.
Tararua College Educational Trust founded in February. Within a year it has 351 members and has raised over 1120 pounds.
Peter Snell and Murray Halberg visit in April.
Head Boy, Peter Lines, wins the 1962 Upham Scholarship.
17th September NZBC Orchestra performed in the Hall.
Mr. McLean’s magazine editorial, emphasizing the dangers of letting science dominate the curriculum education was the subject of an editorial in the Wellington Evening Post.
Tararua College Rowing Team obtains canoes and oars from Auckland Rowing Club and takes part in Secondary Schools regattas in Wanganui and Wellington.
Work starts on the gym. Parents Association gives 4200 pounds.
North Island Secondary schools rowing regatta on the Tiraumea River: 15 schools take part.
Gymnasium opened by W.H.Brown MP for Palmerston North (although the plaque said Mr A Kinsella who was Minister of Education and was ill) on 12th June. It had cost 13,000 pounds of which the college raised about a third.
Tararua College Choir wins a national competition for recorded music run by the NZ Esperanto Society.
Tim Bell wins Tararua College’s first Scholarship.
There is much discussion about the need for examinations for the junior school.
Work begins on the School Cafeteria.
A site is purchased for a boarding hostel due for completion in 1968 and arrangements made to use a wing of the Pahiatua hospital in the meantime.
The College’s only recorded Debutante Ball in front of Mr and Mrs. Holyoake.
Fifth and Sixth form Australian tour.
Mr M K Denholm becomes Principal of Tararua College. Social Studies department trip to the South Island.
10th Jubilee Reunion at Easter, 4th-6th April.
Visit of Governor General Sir Arthur Porrit in July.
Mr S.W. Gaudin becomes Principal of Tararua College. Uniform abolished for Seventh Form/ Year 13 and for Sixth Form (Year 12) in mid-year.
Hair regulations relaxed.
Year 9 and 10 examinations abolished and replaced by a system of testing.
Gala day raised $4000.
South Island Tour for Senior students. Cost $8 each
Prefects elected and committee system introduced.
Streaming scaled back.
Rock gardens put around the school.
School Canteen completed.
First Mufti week.
Death of Mr W. A. Carthew, MBE JP, first elected chairperson of the Board of Management.
Study groups introduced; prefects abolished and replaced by school council.
Streaming of classes abolished.
Internal Television system first set up in the college.
Form deans first appointed.
Senior Science Block built.
Maori introduced to the curriculum.
Shower and changing facilities added to the Gymnasium.
Electives begin on Wednesday afternoons.
First Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisers appointed.
Queen Carnival raises over $25,000 for the District Sports Complex.
Trip to New Caledonia.
Miss I. E Checkley dies, leaving her property to the Tararua College Educational Trust.
Ian and Peter Herkes set a World Crawling Record on the track.
Scrap metal collection raised $3000.
Tu Tangata formed.
Tararua College takes part in World Vision for the first time.
South Island Trip.
Swimming pool opened - not the building - on 10th November.
Tu Tangata Rotorua and Murupara Trip.
Canoe Trip to Lake Tarawera and again in 1982.
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