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Family Affair: Nicole Smith, 7, front left, and Thomas Smith, 5, front right, make up the fifth generation
from their family to attend Gore Main School. They will soon be joined by brother Liam, front centre.
Mum, Michelle Smith, back left, and grandmother Jane Murdoch make up generations four and five.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627989255
Ancestor's school welcomes children
By BRIDGET RAILTON
One of Gore's longstanding families have
been making the grade at Gore Main School
for five consecutive generations.
When Thomas Smith, 5, joined sister Nicole,
7, at Gore Main School this month, he
accompanied her in being the fifth
generation of their family to do so.
About 120 years prior, their great-great
grandfather Charles Henry Collett started at
the very same school, albeit before the
school was rebuilt twice due to fire. Then, in
1932, his son Allan Collett followed in his
father's footsteps and became the second
generation at Gore Main.
In 1961 Jane Murdoch followed the trend,
and became third in the family line at the
school. Thirty years later, for a brief period
in 1990 and 1991, her daughter Michelle
Smith was number four. Fast forward to
2013, and Nicole, Thomas and, soon, Liam
make up generation number five.
Jane Murdoch of generation number three
said it was unusual these days in New
Zealand to have so many generations in the
one school, but the family had always lived
in the area.
''I think when he [Charles Collett] started
school it was the only school in Gore.''
Young ambassador hopefuls
The contestants: Adele Gardyne,
Aidan Forbes, Ashleigh Sinclair,
Jamie O'Neill, Laura Smith, Leonie
Dennis, Tegan Pay, Luke Howden
and Kodie Tuhakaraina.
The prize: First prize package
includes travel to and
accommodation at the Tamworth
Country Music Festival, and
We have a sell out.
Anyone hoping to get tickets for
the Gore Gold Guitar Young
Ambassador Awards final at the
Heartland Hotel Croydon on
Saturday night is out of luck.
For the first time in two years, the
final has sold out before the event,
even with 50 extra seats this year.
Awards convener Tracey Millan
said the record number of entries
this year ensured the event would
be a big one.
Revamping the event made it
simpler for contestants to enter,
meaning this year was always
going to be bigger.
The audience would be well
entertained, with three bands
lined up to perform, she said.
Local girls Vanessa Harvey and
Jenny Mitchell are joining
Australian band Postal and
country pop duo The Heartleys
and Matt Hantler.
Shared lunch: St Peter's College year 13 student Rachel Cormack, 17, joining St Mary's School student Abigail Kotkamp, 5, for lunch after a shared
mass in honour of Catholic Schools Day on Wednesday.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627990072
Students celebrate Catholic Schools Day
Students at St Peter's College and St
Mary's school in Gore joined more than
200 other schools in celebration of
Catholic Schools Day yesterday.
Held every three to four years, Catholic
Schools Day is a celebration of Catholic
schools and what they stand for.
This year the theme was ''Nga Taonga --
Living the Treasure'' which was the
theme of the 2012 Catholic Education
conference. In Gore, the two schools
banded together for a shared Mass at the
Blessed Sacrament Parish. This was
followed by a lunch and student-led
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