The past and the future come together at Midhirst School, with new school gates representing both.

The new gates were formally unveiled last Thursday, in front of current and past pupils whānau and members of the wider Midhirst community.

The unveiling started with karakia and waiata. The gates were designed by school pupils and principal Graham Sands says he is proud of the student council for the work and thought put in.

"It is very pleasing to see the finished product. This has been a long journey driven by the children. I believe all the children's ideas have been captured in the design gates. Many of our ex families have donate money to make this happen."


He says student council members have a good understanding of the gates and their meaning.

"Their ideas can be clearly seen in the gates and they own the development.The student council will now take small groups of children out and teach the different parts of the gates to give them a sense of belonging."

The left side of the gates represents the Anzacs and the school's history.

"Karam Mueli, a local artist, designed two panels for the gates. Karam also put in threads linking each step to show each generation going through each step," says Graham.

The right side of the gate represents the future.

Graham says it is wonderful to see the gates finished after the effort put into making the gates happen.

"The blacksmith has done a fantastic job of putting all the elements together."

Rumatiki Timu (Ngāti Maru) blessed the gates.


Naia Minhinnick (6) says she likes the new gates.

Naia Minhinnick and her grandfather Frank Neustraski.
Naia Minhinnick and her grandfather Frank Neustraski.

"I really enjoyed seeing the new gates."

Dad Peter Minhinnick said he enjoyed coming to the unveiling.

"You get to enjoy the day with the kids. I got to meet Naia's friends and meet parents. The Midhirst School community is a great community.

Naia also brought along her grandfather, who attended the school from 1939-1946.

"It is lovely to see what the school looks like now. There have been a lot of alterations since I was here."