First class reunion


There were memories and mischief in spades last weekend as past and present Queenstowners came together to remember their primary school days, four decades on.

They came from around New Zealand and Australia to reminisce, 45 years after starting at Queenstown Primary School in 1973.

The cohort marked two big milestones during their school years – they were the first class to start at the new primary school site on Robins Road when it shifted from Ballarat Street in 1975.

They were also the first class to start at Wakatipu High School when it opened on Fryer Street.

One of the reunion’s organisers, Sally Jones, says it took a year to get in touch with everyone.

“All the girls changed their last names when they got married, so it was hard to find them.

“There were still some we would have liked to have got in touch with.”

Classmate Anita Lloyd says there’ve been a few changes in town since they were kids.

“There used to be two-and-a-half thousand people here, everybody knew everybody.”

Jones agrees, but says it’s still nice to come back.

“As children we didn’t appreciate the views of Queenstown. It’s the only thing that doesn’t change.”

She reckons they were a pretty well-behaved bunch – “but the teachers might not have thought that”.

“We had tough teachers, there was no mucking around from students.”

But she says she loved her school days.

“School was fun.”

Many of the classmates remembered the one day a week where lunches, consisting of a Boston bun and Jimmy’s Pie, could be purchased.

But they were counteracted by the morning run the kids had to do every day.

As well as checking out their old stomping ground, there was plenty of catching up over the long weekend.

“We’ve all got different memories of what it was like to live in Queenstown, so it’s really good to have a full view of what it was like,” Jones says.

“It’s been pretty exciting, it’s been a great weekend.”