The History of Greenares School

School Site in the 60s – before the extension of Raroa Terrace

1960s - The forming of Raroa Terrace extension

1960s – Raroa Terrace

1971 – Greenacres School in background with playground being developed

The Early Years

Where Greenacres School stands today was once a valley covered in gorse. The area had extensive earthworks before the school was built. Greenacres School was built to accommodate pupils east of the motorway and ease congestion at Linden School.

Greenacres School was opened on 2 February 1972, but not on the present site. It opened on the site of the now Tawa Intermediate School, in buildings known then as the Side School. It was a few weeks (Easter) until the move to the present site took place when the grounds were completed.

The school was a full primary (Year 1 – 8) until 1976 when Tawa Intermediate opened and the senior students relocated there. The opening roll was 101 students, 32 of these being in Y1. By June 1972 the roll had grown to 116 and by September to 136 students.

The school comprised three buildings:

  • the junior block
  • the senior block
  • the administration block

The bottom field was not ready for students to use until late 1973.

Foundation Staff

Firstname Lastname Position
Mr David Swan Principal
Mrs Claire Millar Infant Mistress
Mrs Hartnell Stds 1 & 2
Mrs Harman Stds 2 & 3
Miss Rogers Std 4 & Forms 1 & 2
Foundation Staff

Happenings of Interest

    • 1976 - Adventure Playground proposed and approved for backfield at a cost of $540.00
    • 1978 - School Association planted 2000 pine trees (costing $40) on the banks to keep the gorse down.
    • 1978 - School association sold the first Greenacres t-shirts
    • Late 1970s & early 1980s - Fairs and Argentinian styled BBQs (where whole sheep carcasses were cooked on spits over open fires on the back field) were held. The Barvarian Evening was also a great fund raiser.
    • 1982 - The School celebrated its 10 years marked with a family fun day.
    • 1984 - The first staffroom enlargement took place and a large concrete volley wall was built.

Greenacres Hall

The Site

The Move

On Site