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Celebrating Medbury's 100 Years 

Medbury School was established by the Chennells family in 1923. In the beginning, the School was opened with just 9 boys. Today, in 2022, nearly 100 years later, Medbury has a roll of 414 boys. Even though the outlook and curriculum may have changed, the ideals, standards and traditions which characterised its foundation, remain an integral part of its education. 

Medbury celebrated a century of history with various events and commemorations. 

Centenary celebrations commenced on Thursday 9 February with the Founders Day Service, the Official Opening of Ballantyne House, and the Gala Dinner. On Friday 3 November, the Centenary Twilight Athletics Market was held to celebrate the Centenary year drawing to a close

Explore the highlights of the centenary events.here. 

Founders Day Service 

The Centenary cake was cut by the oldest Old Boy, Mr John Rutherford, and the youngest current boy, Louis Mackenzie. The service was held in a marquee on The Medbury Green, and was followed by a morning tea.

Opening of Ballantyne House 

Richard Ballantyne cut the ribbon at the Official Opening of Ballantyne House and, following the speeches, the Jazz band played while guests toured the newly refurbished historic Ballantyne House.

Gala Dinner 

LoThe Centenary Gala Dinner was held in the marquee on The Medbury Green with MC, and past parent, Jason Gunn officiating. The black tie event included a three course dinner and live entertainment. The four head boys read an 'Ink Stains' poem written in the 1950's by Stephen Scott and Old Boy Oscar Stove sang 'Time to say goodbye'.

1940's and 1950's Decade Reunions

Decades reunions were held throughout the year, beginning with the 1940's and 1950's Decades Reunion on Friday 10 February, followed by tours of the School.The Centenary Chapel Service at St Barnabas on Saturday 11 February was followed by morning tea at Medbury and personal tours through the School and grounds.

Centenary Sports Exchanges

Centenary Sports Exchanges were held in Summer and Winter, starting with the Waihi Cricket Exchange on Thursday 15 March. This was followed by an after-match function in the Stephen Scott Memorial Pavilion.

1960's Decade Reunion

The 1960's decades reunion was held at The Bealey Quarter on Thursday 6 April, preceded by tours of the School. 

The Centenary Art Auction

The Centenary Art Auction was well attended on Friday 5 May. The evening of art included the first screening of historic video footage of Medbury, kindly supplied by Adam Chennells

Play On - School Productions

The epic 'Play On' whole school production was held at Christ's College on Wednesday 14 June and Thursday 15 June and charted Medbury's march through the last 100 years.

Decades Reunions

The Centenary year 'Decades Reunions' for Medbury Old Boys continued with the 1980's Reunion held at Original Sin on Thursday 15 June, the 1990's Reunion on Friday 28 July, the 2000's reunion on 24 August, the 1970's reunion on 7 September (all at Kong) and the 2010's reunion on 21 September at Fat Eddies

Centenary Twilight Athletics Market

Friday 3 November, the Centenary Twilight Athletics Market was held to celebrate the Centenary year drawing to a close.

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