(almost) Wordless Wednesday: back to school

Pupils of Maitland School, Southland New Zealand, 1929.

Pupils of Maitland School, Southland New Zealand, 1929. The big T’s uncle, Tom Dove is second from the right.

The summer holidays are over and kids around NZ are heading back to school. While Auckland schools are full to bursting, there are still small country schools where all the pupils could easily fit into a photo like this. Long may these communities thrive.

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17 thoughts on “(almost) Wordless Wednesday: back to school

  1. What a great photo. When I was 6 I was one of the founding pupils of Halsey Drive Primary School in Lynfield. We had to go through native bush to get to school everyday. We had great nature lessons. It almost felt like a country school like this photo. I went back a couple of years ago and didn’t recognise the area. It is so built up now. :D

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  3. My daughter was born in Maitland! – but the one in NSW, Australia – none-the-less a vibrant not so large city with lots of culture and awesome community :)

    I lived in a small town of about 20K people for a few years and it had a lovely sense of community :)

    • :-) From what I can gather, I think Maitland in Southland is a very tiny village. I think even the school has either closed or been renamed.

      I agree, smallish towns certainly tend to do “community” better.

    • So do I. My niece teaches in a small rural school, and I think the kids get so much from the interactions with others across the age range and get to know all the teachers. It seems like a wonderful community environment.

  4. I love pictures like that. As I was cleaning out some old boxes a couple of weeks ago, I found out why those old boxes had never been unpacked. They are full of pictures from my childhood, ca. 1965-1973. Of course, they won’t see the light of day anytime soon……….lol

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