Hororata Primary School 150th postponed

by Mike Isle

The Hororata Primary School 150th Jubilee celebrations, planned for this weekend, March 20–22 2020, have been postponed due to the developing situation with Covid-19.

Hororata Primary opened in 1870 and is one of the few schools in Canterbury that is due to celebrate its 150th milestone.

“We still hope to hold the jubilee within 2020, the school’s 150th year, however, we are unable to set an actual date due to the evolving nature of this virus,” said the committee chair Rod Oliver.

“With hundreds of people registered to attend the celebrations from all over New Zealand and internationally — we feel this a necessary precaution.

“We met Sunday afternoon, and the decision to postpone was unanimous.

The committee has been working towards this event for the past two years, and while it is disappointing, it is the right decision for our community.

“We felt postponing the event was necessary to protect our community and to play our part in the national response to minimise the effect of this virus.

At the rate, this situation is escalating the committee felt we needed to make this decision now rather than wait for further directives from the government. By making the announcement now we hope this gives people time to change their travel arrangements.

“We are a strong, caring community, and I am sure everyone will support the committee with this difficult decision.”