With the idea of fostering a love for music among the boys.. the project of forming a School Band (the second in Dunedin) was first mooted in 1911. The proposal was taken up so, enthusiastically by the teachers that at two entertainments provided by the pupils sufficient funds were raised to equip a band of 36 performers. The first uniform was neatly designed in royal and navy blue – the School colours. It consisted of a jersey, Glengary cap, knickers, belt, and stockings, nearly, ail of which articles belonged formerly to the School Cadets.
Since its inauguration, the Band has been a valuable adjunct to the School, playing for the marching and drill exercises. It has assisted at many and various outside functions. It has taken part in all the competitions for Fife and Drum, Bands, with the exception of one year. In 191.3 it secured first place in the B Grade Contest, and was twice second.
Three years ago it was decided to procure a better and more serviceable uniform, and by the aid of a. Jumble Sale over £120 was raised, which was sufficient to procure the present. handsome khaki uniform, also picked out in the School colours.
The boys take immense pride in their Band, and although the ranks are depleted annually by eight or nine of the best players, there are always recruits coming forward. Now that the Band is almost fully equipped, it will be able to product. music of a higher quality.
However, we were glad to be borne back to the wild North Sea and watch the French fleet practisingâ€”firing the broadsides, launching the torpedoes, lowering the lifeboats, rising and sinking in the submarines, and hauling up and down the flag signals upon the great dreadnoughts. A fresh invigoration wind was blowing -as we left the rolling torpedo boats behind and ploughed our way homeward, with the heaving waters sweeping our decks, and the shivering spray dashing high into our rigging.
We arrived in the English port again in time to watch His Majesty confer upon some of our gallant seamen the honour of knighthood, and, also watch him pin the medals for service on many a proud sailor’s breast.
Before we left our hearts joined with the boys of the Navy on the cruiser’s crowded deck, when they gave three rousing cheers, for His Majesty and three more for those who had learned to know that “One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.”
We are deeply indebted to the Navy League for such a pleasurable and instructive afternoon, and we assure them that through this our interest in the Navy will be greatly intensified.
Fifty years:! What a long time to look forward to; yet how short a time it seems to look back upon. The years appear to fly as we grow older; but what of that if we are filling them with actions prompted by love and duty and with deeds of service!
Teachers, ex-teachers, pupils and ex-pupils of Kaikorai School: For the work attempted and accomplished; for the characters formed; for the high ideals set before us; for the love of country, and the public spirit generated in your School during these past fifty years, we thank you; and for a continuance of all this glorious work and the promotion of all the attributes of good citizenship we look to you.
Wakari School sends greeting’s to Kaikorai School on the occasion of the celebration of its Jubilee. It congratulates, the Staff and Committee upon past successes, and hopes that the School may continue. as in the past, to send forth a continuous stream of boys and girls mentally, physically and morally well equipped for the various duties of highest citizenship.
I have much pleasure in congratulating the head-master, staff, Committee, and pupils of the Kaikorai Shoal on the attainment of the Jubilee of the School.
A period of fifty years is a long time to look back on, but no doubt there are in the district some old pupils who attended the opening of the old Linden School; and the School has reason to be proud of its old pupils, many of whom have made their mark in the world.
I look back with pleasure on the years I spent as first assistant at Kaikorai pleasant years they were, and, I hope, profitable. I succeeded Mr. Garrow (now Professor Garrow), one of Otago’s products, and a most successful teacher; and my fellow-assistants on the male side were Messrs. H. P. Kelk. H. Fisher, and the late R. H. Stables, these gentlemen having a great influence for good on their pupils. I was associated with Mr. Stables in the Cadet work of the School, and great enthusiasm he showed in it. His memory will ever be green in the minds of his pupils.
My wish is that the Kaikorai School may continue to prosper, and do its share in the education of “Young New Zealand” as nobly in the future as it has in the past.
Head-master Maori Hill School, Dunedin.
Souvenir Committee. Messrs. W. C. Allnutt (Convener), J. W. Todd. G. Scott, P. L. Ritchie, G. Moir, R. S. Wardrop.
Entertainment Committee. Messrs. T. Chisholm (Convener). J. Paterson, H. Davie, E. Calder, E. N. Ussher, R. S. Wardrop, W. C. Allnutt and Staff, G. Moir, Mrs. Allen, Misses Dick and Allnutt.
Ex-Pupils’ Committee. Messrs. John Gillies (Convener), John Wilson, J. Armit, A. Sinclair, J. Armstrong, E. Calder, Arthur Ellis. Mrs. Hamer, Misses Williamson and Arlidge.
Social Committee. Mr. Taylor (Convener), Misses J. and B. Gillies, Williamson, C. Arlidge, Mesdames Hamer, Rusbridge, Wallace, A. Ellis,, Mr. J. Gillies.
Finance Committee. Conveners of all other Committees, along with Mr. .1. W. Todd as Chairman.
Friday, 28th Nov. Lantern Entertainment “Early Days.”
7.30 p.m. “Picture. Song and Story,” by Mr. J. W. TODD.
(Lantern operated by Mr. W. Simpson.)
1. Song – CLASS VI.
2. Song “Buzz Fuzz” INFANTS
4. Song- “The -Troubadour” CLASS II.
5. Song- “The Blacksmith” CLASS III.
6. Speech G M. THOMSON, Esq.-
7. Song “The Fairy-Bells” CLASS I.
S. Song- “Waiting for the May” CLASS IV.
9. Speech. . Mr. J. WALLACE (Chairman Education Board)
10. Song- “Come Little Leaves” P.5
11. Song- “Canadian Boat Song” & “The Perfect Day” CLASS V.
12. Speeches Mr. ALLNUTT & Mr. MOIR
13. Selection SCHOOL BAND
14. National Anthem.
15. Punch and, Judy
17. Laughing Gallery
8 p.m. Ex-Pupils’ Reunion.
Sunday, Nov. 30th, at 1.45 p.m. Grand Procession of Past. and Present Committees, Staff, and Past and Present Pupils. Place of Assembly, Tyne Street.
2.30 p.m. Monster Service in School Grounds.
Singing by Special School Choir of 175 Scholars and 80 Ex-Pupils. Choirmaster. Mr. J. Paterson.
The Unveiling of the School War Honour Board, containing over 400 names). Miss Gwendoline Jones (daughter of the donor, and a pupil -of the School) has been chosen to perform this little act by removing the covering flags.
1. Hymn-“Old Hundred” AUDIENCE
2. Scripture Reading
3. Hymn “Hosanna” SCHOOL CHOIR
5. “Praise to the Father” EX-PUPILS’ CHOIR
6. Selection by Kaikorai Band.
7. Address W. DOWNIE STEWART, Esq.
8. Reading of Names of “The Self-sacrificing Dead.”
9. Unveiling of Honour Board and Sounding of “Last Post.”
10. Hymn “Angel Voices” SCHOOL CHOIR
12. “Across the Bar” EX-PUPILS’ CHOIR.
13. Selection FIFE BAND
14. Selection KAIKORA1 BAND
(Original Article by Alan Gilchrist)