90s era reunion
A passionate group of around 75 students and staff from the 90s era came together over Labour Weekend for a reunion event organised by alumni Kareem Brown and Marcus Winter.
The pair have become involved in the school in recent years, working with teachers and students. They share not only their experiences as a musician and an artist respectively, they also take the time to develop students' sense of opportunity for the future, and respect for the past. Speaking at the opening night "roll call", Principal Salvatore Gargiulo says this type of connection is important for our students. "We have really capable kids, who often have no idea what they want to do when they leave school."
He extended an open invitation to alumni to visit, have a coffee in the on-site cafe, and learn more about ways to get involved. "The school may look different, but I'm sure the culture has not changed - people who enjoy life and make the best of what they have."
The first event, on Friday night, included alumni and their families and featured a tribute by Marcus to alumni who have died. It was sad to see so many names. We also showcased the skills of our Hospitality and Catering students, who prepared and served a supper of wood-fired pizzas from our on-site ovens.
On Saturday afternoon, many of the crew gathered in the gymnasium for badminton, basketball and volleyball. It was also a chance to tour the school, and stimulate memories.
On Saturday evening, we partied in the hall, with 90s music by Djwoody and a band of stars, including alumni Waipounamu Silbery, Daniel Te'o and Kareem.
After the event, Kareem told his school-mates: "What an intimate time we had. It was a joy to sit back and watch your kids run-amuck on the sports field, seeing how impressed you were with how MHS has evolved as a school to make sure that our youth have every opportunity to make a success of themselves.
"Everyone left with a lot of love and pride, old friendships were rekindled and new friendships were made."
Proceeds from the reunion will go towards the MHS Business Academy, including an inspirational new building to be constructed in an area near the pool and gymnasium. Alumni John and Leonie Hynds, from the 1960s era, are the driving force behind the development of the academy. "They have been the catalyst for alumni connection to grow," Mr Gargiulo says.
In addition to Kareem and Marcus, we'd like to thank:
- James Djwoody Woods - alumni and awesome supporter of the event
- Petra Cuming - and all the alumni who bought the sports T's she had created, which raised money for the school
- The Band!
- Matangaro Paerau - alumni and volunteer photographer
- Our staff and students in the Hospitality and Catering unit - presenting wood-fired pizzas, professional waiter service, chocolate brownie and watermelon to finish. Superb.
- Our caretaker team - for smooth running, and a clean finish.
- All the 90s era teachers who were able to attend - it meant so much to the alumni students
- The 90s alumni - your passion for life is inspiring.
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