The rebuilt McCombs Performing Arts Centre was officially opened on Thursday, August 15th. In attendance were the school kaumatua, Henare Edwards, previous principals, members of the McCombs family, staff from the Ministry of Education, Leighs Construction, and Athfields, representatives from the Board of Trustees, school staff, current parents and pupils, and members of the Cashmere High School Foundation.
Previous principal Mark Wilson unveiled the plaque in the foyer before Henare Edwards led guests to the auditorium where guests heard speeches from Mark Wilson, current principal Joe Eccleton, and one of Sir Terry McCombs’ sons, Peter. There were performances from the kapahaka group, the chamber choir and the stage band and then Mark Wilson and Peter McCombs cut the ribbon to declare the Performing Arts Centre officially open.
Afterwards guests mingled in the foyer over light refreshments and viewed some of the new spaces in this wonderful building, which will be a great asset to the school.
Former principals and current principal prior to the ceremony. From left to right: John Murdoch, Dave Turnbull, Joe Eccleton, Mark Wilson2019 August
The new McCombs Performing Arts Centre is nearing completion and Cashmere High School would like to welcome members of their community to the official opening on Thursday 15 August at 4.45pm.
As numbers are limited, please collect a complimentary ticket from the Payment Centre in the school office prior to midday on Tuesday 13 August.
Term 3 is now well under way and Cashmere High School has been pleased to welcome its new principal, Joe Eccleton. His tenure at Cashmere High School began with a powhiri on the first day of the term. Kaumatua Sir Tipene O’Regan and Henare Edwards spoke on behalf of the school and this was followed by a “handover” of Joe by a delegation of former colleagues from Christ’s College.