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Seeking memories of Berhampore

Seeking memories of Berhampore

Berhampore School is turning 100 in 2015 and a group of parents is seeking stories from anyone who has memories to share about the school or suburb.

"We would love to gather the stories of anyone who has a connection with the area", says Kerryn Pollock, who is organising the creation of a book to commemorate the centennial. "We hope to build a picture not just of the school itself through those 100 years, but also the community of which it is a part".

Berhampore School opened in 1915 to address overcrowding at nearby South Wellington Primary School, now South Wellington Intermediate School. Former students recall playing marbles in the driveway, doing handkerchief drills, and drinking curdled school milk. Today the school has a multicultural roll of 235 students and a reputation for inclusivity and community building.

Well-known Berhampore students of the past include writer Robin Hyde and sports commentator Keith Quinn, while playwright Roger Hall was a teacher there.

Stories from the Berhampore community past and present will be compiled into the book which will be sold during centennial celebrations over Labour Weekend 2015 as a fundraiser.

Anyone interested in being interviewed for the book should contact Sadie Coe on 9722270 or berhampore100@gmail.com or c/- Berhampore School, 105 Britomart Street, Berhampore, Wellington 6023

Facebook members can join the Berhampore School Centenary page.

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