Southbridge celebrates jubilee
by Ann van Engelen
Southbridge School celebrated its 150th anniversary with various activities running across the past weekend as people remembered the past whilst also celebrating the present and looking forward to the future.
The school was founded in 1868, with a starting roll of 20 students and reached its peak in 1890 of 389 pupils.
“After two and a half years of planning and working towards ensuring a successful 150th Jubilee for our school and community, we couldn’t be happier with how the weekend turned out,” says principal Tamara Bell.
“A huge amount of hours and hard work went into the planning of this significant event by our wonderful 150th Jubilee committee, and their attention to detail paid off, with all events running perfectly to plan. We received a huge amount of positive feedback from community members and delegates.
“We are thrilled that the weather held for us to enjoy the events, it was a huge success.
“Our current staff, BoT, students and whanau feel very humbled and grateful to have been a part of Southbridge School during this special moment in its history, and we look forward to continuing to build on its legacy in future years.”