50th Jubilee


In 2015, Arakura School celebrates being open for 50 Years. There has been a lot of changes since then, and to celebrate we want to invite you all to join with us as we look back on years gone by and talk about old times, old teachers, and be involved in our next steps forward for the next 50 years!

Please feel free to join our Facebook page for the jubilee to keep up to date with what’s happening.

The Year that Was – 1965

Along with the opening of Arakura School, these are the other major world events of the year.

  • Tom and Jerry airs on CBS for the first time
  • The red maple leaf design that we see today becomes the official flag of Canada.
  • The Sound of Music premieres at the Rivoli Theatre.
  • 3,500 US troops arrive in South Vietnam – the beginning of the Vietnam War.
  • My Fair Lady wins 8 Academy Awards. Mary Poppins also takes home 5.
  • Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston with the ‘Phantom Punch’.
  • Malcom-X is assassinated.
  • Winston Churchill dies. His state funeral remains the largest assembly of statesmen in the world until 2005.
  • Porirua becomes a city in its own right.

Friday Night Drinks

Friday 23 October, 2015. Past pupils and staff get together to celebrate the school turning 50. The Rt Hon Trevor Mallard was there to congratulate the school, and we were treated to a rousing performance from our kapahaka team.

Saturday School Gala

Saturday 24 October, 2015. The School put together a gala where each class made products to sell, with other stall holders and rides joining in on the day of fun. Members of the wider community came in from all around to make this day amazing for all.