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In 2014, Iona College will be celebrating its centenary.

Sorry, registrations for this event are now closed.

Friday, March 28th to Sunday, March 30th 2014 is confirmed as the weekend when we will celebrate this historical milestone.

Planning is well underway for the March 28–30 2014 Centenary Celebrations. The committee is meeting regularly to ensure the weekend is worthy of its commendable milestone of 100 years.

We are excited and we want you to share our excitement by attending and supporting as many of the planned activities as you possibly can.

A warm welcome is extended to all Old Girls, partners, current staff, current parents, past staff and past parents. Due to anticipated numbers the dinner on Saturday night is restricted to Old Girls, past and present staff.

The Official Opening will take place at 5.30pm on Friday 28 March with the dedication of the sculpture which has been gifted to the college by the Iona College Foundation to mark the Centenary. Everyone registered for the weekend is invited to attend.

 The success of the weekend depends on YOU!


Friday 28 March 

1pm – 6pm         Registrations Open – Registration Tent

Photographic Display Open – Sports Centre

5.30pm              Official Opening Sculpture site – Dedication of the Sculpture

6pm – 8pm         Cocktail Party – Marquee

Saturday 29 March

9.30am – 12pm   Registrations Open – Registration Tent

9.30am – 4pm     Decade Photographs – Sports Centre

Historic Photographic Display- Sports Centre

Centennial Merchandise – Library

History Book – Library

William Rush paintings – Library

Wedding photographs – Chapel Entrance

History of Iona Presentations (Jo McGlashan)

Margaret Blyth Religious – Studies Centre

Student’s Sales Table – Poolside

Student’s Art Exhibition – Mary Mossman Art & Technology Centre

Pre ordered picnic boxes & light refreshments – Fountain Courtyard

Cash out facilities – Reception

6.30pm             Centennial Dinner – Marquee

Sunday 30 March

10am                Centennial Chapel Service – St Martin’s Chapel (and Sports Centre)

11am                Cutting of the Centennial Cake and Morning Tea – Poolside

Packages Available

Gold Package (Old Girls & Past/Present Staff) – $255  Weekend Site Entry, Cocktail Party, Centennial Dinner

Gold Package Partners – Cocktail Party only $ 55  (If Partners wish to attend other activities in the school grounds they will need to purchase the Red Package)

Blue Package (Old Girls & Past/Present Staff) – $200  Weekend Site Entry and Centennial Dinner

Red Package (Old Girls, Partners, Past Staff & Past Parents) – $105 Weekend Site Entry and Cocktail Party

Green Package (Old Girls, Partners, Past Staff & Past Parents) – $50

Weekend Site Entry Only

Purple Package (Current Staff & Current Parents)  Registration through the school

Partner’s Programme Saturday 29 March

Partners are encouraged to come to the Centenary.

We are offering a Wine Tour through Nimon’s Coaches to three of Hawke’s Bay’s most popular wineries on Saturday afternoon.

Wine Tour  – Talk and Taste

Elephant Hill Winery

Clearview Estate Winery

Craggy Range Winery

$42 per person – minimum 30 guests

The tour departs at 1pm from the lower playing field and returns at 5pm.

Dinner 7pm

Havelock North Club, 4 Campbell Street, Havelock North

$33 per person – three course meal (beverages not included)

Open to all guests not attending the Centennial Dinner (numbers will be limited.)

Important Information about Registration

Following Registration, Centennial Packages will not be posted – they will be available for collection at the Registration Tent by the lower playing field between 1 pm – 6 pm on Friday 28 March and between 9.30am and midday on Saturday 29 March.

Registration lanyards must be worn at all times – they are your pass into the Iona grounds and to all functions you have registered for.

History Book

The Iona centennial book written by Jo McGlashan

A must have.

Pre order and it will be included in your Centennial Pack.

This is a hard cover full colour publication full of minutes, memories and moments.

Food Court

There will be no need to leave the grounds on Saturday – food is available!

Order a Picnic Box when you register or purchase other light refreshments on the day in the Fountain Courtyard.

Centennial Chapel Service – Sunday 30 March

It is essential that we know numbers for the Centennial Chapel Service. The Service will be relayed to the Sports Centre where extra seating will be provided. Following Chapel the Centennial Cake will be cut and proceedings will conclude with morning tea.

Accommodation during Centenary Weekend

There is a variety of accommodation options available close to Iona, for those travelling to the centenary.

Including Apartments, Homestays & Holiday homes and Motels.

Click on this link to take you to straight to Hawke’s Bay Tourism website.

William Rush Paintings

Iona is the fortunate recipient of a number of paintings by William Rush, the architect responsible for designing the school’s much admired style.

They have been gifted to the College by the late Helen Lester, who was William Rush’s daughter and an Iona Old Girl. Helen’s husband Jim contacted the school to inform us of Helen’s wish to donate the paintings in support of Centennial fundraising. Jim lives in the delightful little town of Kilmacolm in Renfrewshire, Scotland and Pauline Campbell had the pleasure of visiting him in his beautiful home last year.

A number of the paintings are historically interesting being early scenes around Havelock, Taupo and other parts of New Zealand.

A selection will be available for purchase in the Library during the Centennial weekend and it is hoped that they will appeal to Old Girls’ and friends both in content and because of their very special connection with Iona.

Please note:

Later in the year a detailed final Programme will be sent to those who have Registered.

The Programme with times and venues will also be included in your Registration Pack.

Times for decade photographs will be on your personalised Registration Lanyard.

Eftpos will be available for cash out.

By purchasing your tickets you adhere to Iona College Centenary terms and conditions.


• Tickets – all tickets are single entry and are to be purchased in advance.

• Tickets are non-refundable, or at the Centennial committee discretion.

• Venue: Iona College – Havelock North

• Strictly no pets are to be brought onto the Iona College grounds.

• Please note that the School is a smoke free area and smoking is not permitted anywhere on the school grounds.

• Iona College may take photos/video footage at the Event & use the image, footage, likeness and name in any future publicity or promotional material.

• The School has the right to ask any Event Participant to leave the event at any time if such person(s) behave in an inappropriate manner according to the absolute and unfettered discretion of the Committee or individual, the Principal or any other duly appointed representative at the event. If you are asked to leave because of your conduct you will leave immediately and not return to the event.

• The Event Organisers, and other parties associated with the running of this event do not accept liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, damage to property or physical injury or death sustained by any party participating or intending to  participate in this event whether that arises out of negligence, misadventure or otherwise.

• Whilst on the School Grounds you must adhere to the School Rules.

Iona Centenary Committee 2014

Listed below is the current committee but closer to the time many more helpers will be needed.

If you’re interested in helping out in any way please contact one of the below:

Pauline Campbell

Chairman 06 874 8818

Sue Nimon 

Secretary 06 650 0833

Sue Wilson 

Database and Registrations 06 838 7823

Sally Cranswick

IOGA President   06 879 4677

Vicki Pilbrow 

President- Parents & Friends   06  876 3286

 Faye Gray

Jo McGlashan

Anne McLeod 

Railene Mabin

Beverley Marflitt 

Pip Thompson

Claire Vogtherr

Iona Staff representatives on the committee:

Julie Shears Acting Principal

Lesley Mawley Business Manager

Ellie Burge Chaplain


Registrations for this event are now closed.

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