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10 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 31, 2014 www.times.co.nz Proud to be supporting Howick Primary School in their journey to success Walking alongside students to help school communities thrive 125762 State School Chaplaincy (09) 526 0052 email@example.com www.lifewalk.org.nz ROUDLY SUPPORTING WICK PRIMARY SCHOOL 124813 Proud to be supporting Howick Primary School Steve Hale 0800 634 370 Roofing & Maintenance 125760 Howick Prim 50th Jubilee 11- Howick Primary 50th Jubilee 11-12th 125767 The path to Howick Primary School was once a muddy one, but 50 years on, it has paved the way to a bright, promising future for thousands of students. Its roots began in the Howick District High School (now Howick Intermediate School), once the only local school in the district, before branching out to its current location on Willoughby Avenue in 1964. Now led by its ninth principal Leyette Callister, the school has seen a great many children pass through its doors including successful figures such as Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014's New Zealander of the Year, actress Sara Wiseman and teacher Murray Burton, currently Elim Christian College principal and New Zealander of the Year 2009. Times have certainly changed since the school's inception. The original Principal's 'Log Book' shows a detailed account of daily comings and goings at school. On the first day at the Willoughby Ave site, the principal, Mr B F Shepherd, wrote that the children had been placed in new classes and were working quietly by 9.20am. Teachers "reported for duty" the day before school was to open and half of them were new to the school -- quite a change from the present 'teacher-only' days and preparation in the weeks before school starts. The school has the largest school grounds in the district and is one of the biggest in Auckland. As a result, maintenance is a big job. To try and keep costs down the school resorted to a ride-on lawnmower for caretaker Karl -- "to zip around on!" says principal, Leyette. But there's also a silver lining. "People feel relaxed -- it's spacious, beautiful and not crowded. Children can feel hemmed in if they are in a contained environment and this school takes that away, equipping them with a free and positive mindset." Practicalities aside, the school's interaction with the community is much valued. "Our charter is community driven; we respond to our school families who are unique to Howick," Leyette says. This has resulted in long-term loya boa for atte All f pup New earl him prin Howick Primary School www.times.co.nz • Ph 271 8000 Congratulations Howick Primary School on your Golden Jubilee.
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