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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 19-37 Arts 30-32 Motoring 38 Classifieds 39-43 Sport 45-48 POLITICIANS AT DOG SCHOOL Whistlestop visit to UH 5 8 BALL TOURNAMENT Venue proves popular 32 WATER CASE TOMORROW Torrid time expected 44 Upper Hutt pair receive Queen's honours Two Upper Hutt women have been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Sister Marie Roche has become a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community. Dorothy Burley has received a Queen's Service Medal for services to the community. Sister Marie has been a Cath- olic prison chaplain at Rimutaka Prison for 14 years, giving support to prisoners and their families. Before this she was co-ordinator at Challenge 2000, a non- governmental youth and family agency. Sister Marie was a support per- son to families in the court system and at Arohata, Mt Crawford and Rimutaka prisons. A school teacher for 24 years, she was instrumental in establishing the bilingual St Peter Chanel School at Otaki and was principal for six years. Mrs Burley has been a volun- teer for Victim Support since 1994. She works alongside emergency services in response to crisis calls for victims of crime, motor vehicle accidents, suicides and domestic violence and is renowned for her trustworthiness and discretion. She helps other Victim Support team members and agencies and mentors new volunteers. She is a former president of the Upper Hutt branch of the Widows and Widowers Association and in 1994 was awarded the Lloyd Mor- gan Lions Club Charitable Trust Award for service to newly wid- owed individuals. In February she was honoured in the New Zealander of the Year awards. She made the top 10 of 227 nominations in the local com- munity hero category. 500 at St Joseph's centenary By ROSEMARY McLENNAN St Joseph's School teaches important attitudes to life as well as the curriculum, Archbishop John Dew told Friday's children's mass. The mass was the first formal event in a weekend of celebrations marking the centenary of St Joseph's School and parish. The archbishop, who served the parish when he was a young priest, told the children the importance of them caring for others and being friends to new or lonely pupils. The school was named after one of Christianity's most important saints, Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, who brought him up and taught him many skills. It was very appropriate to begin the celebrations with a school mass as the parish has never been seen without the school, he said. He paid tribute to the work so many people have done over 100 years to make the parish and school what they are today. He sprinkled holy water over the school's newest pupils, Gem Paiti, Dominic Smart, Oliver Pailman and Mason Perez. Several older children said they loved their colourful rooms, sport, friends, the world's best teachers'' and learn- ing to follow a kind and gentle God. Past pupil and parishioner and present teacher Maureen van der Heyden (nee Carroll) said the school 50 years ago was different in many ways to now but not in others. One big change was from sisters to lay teachers. Michele Lafferty, a former pupil who later taught at the school, had come from a state school and inadvertently called her new woman teachers Sir''. She remembered taking long lists of sins to weekly confession on Saturdays. Once her reading was inter- rupted by a priest so he could listen to a race on the radio. Principal Peter Ahern said the school was not bricks and mortar. It's you guys and the people before you.'' Weekend festivities included a cocktail evening at Expressions on Friday evening attended by about 300, decade photos and open day at the school on Saturday, formal dinner at night attended by about 300, cultural performances, functions to recognise the contribution of St Catherine's and St Peter Chanel Churches, three masses and a Sunday luncheon attended by almost 500. Several Sisters of Mercy from the 1950s onwards also attended the celebrations. The centennial cake was cut on Saturday evening by parishioner and first lay teacher (in 1958) Joan Jenkins and parish administrator Christine Macartney, who has worked in the office for about 25 years. Organisers were expecting a financial loss until an influx of registrations saw them reach 500 and the likeli- hood of a small profit. School in much stricter times Oldest present: These six made up the 1930s decade photo on Saturday. From left are Pat Dunstan, 78, Brian Kelly, 85, Maureen Morrison, 81, Michael Galvin, 84, Betty Brownie, 84, and Jack Skinner, 87. More photos, page 9. They can be viewed and prints ordered at pix.ccn.co.nz. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Strict but happy times were the memories of the oldest former pupils at the St Joseph's School centenary over the weekend. The oldest, Jack Skinner, 87 and now living in Blenheim, joined the St Joseph's Orphanage for boys late in 1929 when his parents' marriage broke up. Maureen Morrison, nee Browne and a direct descendant of Upper Hutt's first European settler James Brown, started school in 1935 aged six. Classes were on the present Pine Ave site. The orphanage girls and nuns lived next door in a two-storey building later gutted by fire. The orphanage boys lived in Gibbons St. The nuns worn the traditional black and white habits. Some were more strict than others, Mrs Morri- son, who lives in Mercy Villas, remembers. Michael Galvin, from Palmerston North, lived in the orphanage from 17 months old. Brian Kelly lived locally and loved school. He remembers playing rugby on the street because there was no field. They used power poles and lines for goalposts. His sister Betty Brownie, who lives in Pukekohe, enjoyed school apart from getting the strap for run- ning inside. Mrs Morrison's sister, Pat Dun- stan, remembers teachers as strict but fair and they taught her to spell well. The group remember classes were mixed but boys and girls had separ- ate play areas. Popular pastimes were sport, knuckle bones and marbles for the boys and hula hoops and hopscotch for the girls.
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