Tokomairiro High School

Last updated
Tokomairiro High School
TokoHSbadge.jpg
Address
Union Street, Milton, New Zealand
Coordinates 46°06′48″S169°57′56″E / 46.1134°S 169.9656°E / -46.1134; 169.9656 Coordinates: 46°06′48″S169°57′56″E / 46.1134°S 169.9656°E / -46.1134; 169.9656
Information
MottoDisciplina Moderatio Comitas
Established1856
Ministry of Education Institution no. 392
PrincipalGlenis Sim
School roll244 [1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile4K [2]
Website

Tokomairiro High School is a co-educational, state secondary school in Milton, New Zealand, often simply known as "Toko".

Milton, New Zealand town in New Zealand

Milton, formerly known as Tokomairiro or Tokomairaro, is a town of 2,000 people, located on State Highway 1, 50 kilometres to the south of Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand. It lies on the floodplain of the Tokomairaro River, one branch of which loops past the north and south ends of the town. This river gives its name to many local features, notably the town's main school, Tokomairiro High School.

Contents

History

Founded in 1856 as Tokomairiro School, it is one of New Zealand's oldest schools. It was originally established at Fairfax (now Tokoiti) in the southeast of Milton, with Alexander Ayson as the first teacher. As Milton grew in size due to the Central Otago goldrush in the early 1860s, a larger school was soon needed. This was erected close to the centre of Milton in Spenser Street in 1863. In 1868, the Otago Provincial Government named Toko as one of the province's four grammar schools.

Grammar school type of school in the United Kingdom and some other countries

A grammar school is one of several different types of school in the history of education in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries, originally a school teaching Latin, but more recently an academically-oriented secondary school, differentiated in recent years from less academic secondary modern schools.

Tokomairiro High School TokoHSMilton.jpg
Tokomairiro High School

By the late 1870s, the school had swollen in size from its original 24 pupils to over 300. A new building was needed, as the Spenser Street site had been made to accommodate only some 200 children. The new school, on the present site at the north end of Union Street, was opened in 1880. The current school buildings were added to this stone building during the mid 20th century, and "the old stone school" erected in 1880 was finally demolished in 1970.

During the 1880s, the school moved towards a more technical and scientific curriculum. The school's headmaster (its fourth) James Reid, was a keen student of chemistry, and technical subjects taught ranged from the "pure" sciences to agricultural studies and woodworking. Reid was headmaster for 26 years, from 1880 to 1906.

During the 1930s, the school officially became a District High School. This was finally split into the current Tokomairiro High School (with intermediate and secondary classes) and Milton Primary School in 1966. Most of the current school buildings date from around or after this.

Notable staff

Leonard Cockayne New Zealand botanist

Leonard Cockayne FRS is regarded as New Zealand's greatest botanist and a founder of modern science in New Zealand.

Forrestina Elizabeth Ross (1860–1936) was a notable New Zealand teacher, mountaineer, journalist and writer. She was born in Brixton, Surrey, England in 1860.

Notable alumni

Kenneth Charles Bloxham was a New Zealand rugby union footballer.

Guy Hardy Scholefield was a New Zealand journalist, historian, archivist, librarian and editor, known primarily as the compiler of the 1940 version of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. He was born in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand on 17 June 1877, and died in Wellington on 19 July 1963.

Related Research Articles

John Cargill (politician) New Zealand politician

John Cargill was a New Zealand politician and runholder.

John McKenzie (New Zealand politician) New Zealand politician

Sir John McKenzie was a New Zealand politician. He served as Minister of Lands and Agriculture in the Liberal Government of John Ballance.

Waitaki Boys' High School is a secondary school for boys located in the northern part of the town of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, with day and boarding facilities, and was founded in 1883. As of 2012, it has a school roll of just under 500.

Charles Wilson (librarian) politician from New Zealand, born 1857

Charles Wilson was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party. He was the first chief librarian of the General Assembly Library.

<i>Dictionary of New Zealand Biography</i> biography collection from 1990

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB) is an encyclopedia or biographical dictionary containing biographies of over 3,000 deceased New Zealanders. It was first published as a series of print volumes from 1990 to 2000, and then on a website from 2002. The dictionary superseded An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand of 1966, which had 900 biographies. The dictionary is managed by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage of the Government of New Zealand. An earlier work of the same name in two volumes, published in 1940 by Guy Scholefield with government assistance, is unrelated.

John Bathgate New Zealand colonial politician

John Bathgate was a 19th-century New Zealand politician, and Minister of Justice and Commissioner of Stamps from 1872 to 1874.

Taieri is a former parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1911.

Waikouaiti was a parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1908.

Edward Cargill New Zealand politician

Edward Bowes Cargill was a 19th-century businessman and Member of Parliament in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. He was the Mayor of Dunedin from 1897 to 1898.

Edward McGlashan was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

18th New Zealand Parliament

The 18th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the New Zealand Parliament. It was elected at the 1911 general election in December of that year.

26th New Zealand Parliament

The 26th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the New Zealand Parliament. It was elected at the 1938 general election in October of that year.

Dugald Poppelwell Lawyer, local politician, conservationist

Dugald Louis Poppelwell was a New Zealand lawyer, local politician and conservationist. He was born in Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand in 1863.

George McCullagh Reed Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper proprietor

George McCullagh Reed was a New Zealand presbyterian minister, journalist and newspaper proprietor.

George Bell was a New Zealand newspaper proprietor and editor. He was born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England on 9 January 1809. Edward McGlashan was his son-in-law.

1862 Bruce by-election New Zealand by-election

The Bruce by-election 1862 was a by-election held in the multi-member Bruce electorate during the 3rd New Zealand Parliament, on 31 July 1862. The by-election was caused by the death of incumbent MP Charles Kettle on 5 June, and was won by Edward Cargill.

The April 1865 Bruce by-election was a New Zealand by-election held in the multi-member electorate of Bruce during the 3rd New Zealand Parliament on 8 April 1865. It was triggered on 9 January that year by the resignation of separationist Thomas Gillies and won by prominent settler Arthur John Burns. The more liberal businessman William John Dyer was the sole other contester of the by-election, finishing with 43.33% of the vote.

References

  1. "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. Thomson, A.D. "Cockayne, Leonard". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  4. McCallum, Janet. "Ross, Forrestina Elizabeth and Ross, Malcolm". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  5. Knight, Lindsay. "Ken Bloxham". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  6. "Twelve Questions: Samantha Hayes". The New Zealand Herald . 28 August 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  7. Porter, Frances. "Scholefield, Guy Hardy". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 10 October 2015.