Our two Year 7 classes were lucky enough to have a day visiting the historic site of the wreck of the Tararua at Waipapa beach last week. Both classes spent some time visiting 'the Tararua Acre' which is the plot of land behind the sandhills. This land was allocated to the headstones remembering the 131 people who lost their lives in New Zealand's second worst shipping disaster. The Tararua hit a reef just off the coast of Waipapa point on April, 28, 1881. The students spent some time thinking about the tragedy before making their way across the sand hills to walk down the beach towards the lighthouse, which was erected in response to the disaster. Great fun was had in the sandhills whilst avoiding the very large Sea Lions dozing on the beach along the way. After lunch at the lighthouse, we all jumped in the vans and headed off for a quick dip at Curio Bay where 7JS was lucky enough to swim with some very friendly dolphins. The perfect weather and perfect behavior meant that a great day was had by all. Thank you to both Year 7 classes, and especially to Mrs Baldock and the parents who accompanied us for the day.
Darren Jack - Deputy Principal