Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oratia District School

Looking for another piece of box art I have spotted recently in Oratia, I went down the wrong road on Sunday (darn it) but -- found the Oratia District School as a consolation. It was worth the blister trek down West Coast Road.

These memorial gates date from after World War II. Schools these days seem to want to replace gate memorials when going through upgrades. I'm pleased to see these ones are still in place.

Plus, at the eastern end of the school grounds, at the intersection of Shaw and West Coast Roads, this lovely reminder of Oratia's heritage by Toby Twiss -- a fruit tree (background), and an impression of children past and present. The school dates from 1882, the sculpture from 2007, for the 125th anniversary celebrations.

An excellent history of the school is online, and can be found here (.pdf format).


  1. Great post ! Love the photos and it's nice to think the school has left the memorial there at the gates.

  2. Lovely to see the school embracing relics of their past! This also has the benefit of teaching kids the importance of heritage objects and their past :-)

    Lovely post!

  3. Thanks, Liz and Sandy. As I said -- for cool stuff like this, a blister is worth it! ;-)

  4. Thanks for the fab photos and the reminder I wanted to ask our local historical society about where our local school memorial gates have disappeared to!

  5. They're nice, Jayne. Cheers for sharing that with us!