Pekerau School was officially opened on the 3rd February 1958 with a roll of 263 pupils. Primer one to Standard 4. At that stage it had no official name and was known as 'Te Awamutu No. 2 school'.
Mr Cyril Meads was the first headmaster. The school log recorded 6 teachers, 1 clerk and 1 PA.
The caretaker was Mr Lethbridge.
"Pekerau” the official name given to this school on 17-04-58, was supposed to be an abbreviation of Pekepekarau, the early Maori name for the area. The spelling should have been "Pekarau” but was mistakenly written as Pekerau. *Pekapekarau means "a multitude of bats”
The school was closed the next day 4th February 1958, for children to welcome Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in Hamilton
Pekerau School celebrated its 50th anniversary on the weekend 7th to 9th March 2008. What a great catch up time for many ex pupils and staff. If you have any stories, memories to add to our history page we would love to hear from you.
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