Greymouth High School Centenary

1923 – 2023

Greymouth High School celebrated its 100th Year with a centennial reunion over Easter weekend 2023. It was a fantastic event that brought together over 300 former students and staff to look back on their memories at Greymouth High School.

Over the weekend, guests enjoyed seeing how the school has changed through the years. Memorabilia displays, old yearbooks, and a recording booth for gathering memories allowed everyone to reminisce on their Greymouth High experiences.

Take a look at some of the photos here.

Thanks to The Nomad Audio and Video expert, Daimon Schwalger, for helping create the incredible movie “Ocean of Many Waves” featuring students from the first 50 years of school. The documentary is an in-depth look at the impact of Greymouth High School over its first 50 years as seen through the eyes of various students who experienced it.

A number of our Drama, Music, and Creative Industries Production students took part in a Music Hall performance tailored especially for the celebrations. Students performed a show designed to reflect entertainment from the 1920s when the school was first established. Two well-supported performances were held throughout the day displaying a range of talented acts including music, dance, and comedy and all finished off with an old-fashioned sing-a-long.

The Red Carpet Dinner in Coxon Hall was a highlight of the weekend. We had the opportunity to hear from the current principal Samantha Mortimer and the past principals Andy England, Arthur Graves, and John Mote who shared stories of their time as leaders. Former students from across the decades talked about how their experiences and the people at Grey High helped shape their futures in the wider world.

After dinner, everyone enjoyed the bands which included two of our current school bands as well as Not Just Jazz featuring past students of Greymouth High School.

The Project Continues…

It was great to make a start on our archives in the run-up to our celebrations and begin the process of organising our extensive range of photographs and other memorabilia.

The project is set to continue next year as time becomes available. Many thanks to those alumni who have volunteered their time to assist with this work. We will be in touch with more details.

Any memorabilia or photographs would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to our School Office to be archived appropriately.