Updated: Jun 23, 2019
The Hawera High Centennial weekend will mark the end of an era, with both the school hall and Laurensen Block slated for demolition in November.
As the only two recognisable buildings for many older reunion attendees, the removal of these two historic structures will create the space for stage one of a complete multi-million-dollar school rebuild.
Their demolition is not expected to start before November 2, although the interiors of the Laurensen Block will be stripped, which means no tearful farewells inside during the centenary celebration.
However, the Centennial committee plans to use the 68-year-old school hall for the Memorial Service on Sunday, October 27.
With a 10-year timeline for the entire rebuild, the Hawera High reunion on Labour Weekend will provide the last opportunity for former scholars and staff to see the school in its present state.