Alumni & Archives

Our School’s History

1926 Foundation Students of Hutt Valley High School

HVHS’ Archivist, Judith Gardiner works hard preserving items of interest from our school’s history, helping alumni and the wider community with research requests and documenting areas of interest in our school’s history.

Donations of memorabilia, photographs as well as accounts of school life in times gone by are gratefully received. If you’d like to volunteer in this area to help with this work please get in touch.

To contact Archivist, Judith Gardiner please email

HVHS Centenary Celebrations in 2026

Published: June 4 2024

Planning is underway on Hutt Valley High School’s 100th celebrations including on-site events featuring students of today such as a drama production, music performances, sports fixtures and tours.

Alumni are also welcome to their own organise decade gatherings and catch-ups. The school is happy to promote these events via our Facebook page and alumni database.

The timings for the centenary celebrations are currently being finalised. As many alumni will know, the school needs to factor in significant building work including a new classroom block, an extensive weather tightness programme and senior examination timetables.

The school is aiming for week 3, term 3 (August) in 2026. The exact timing will be confirmed once the Ministry of Education confirms the term dates for 2026.

Join our alumni database to stay informed about the latest alumni news, events and the upcoming 100th celebrations sign up here

Peter Bidwell’s 100 Year History of HVHS

We are fortunate to have former journalist and published author Peter Bidwell researching and documenting our school’s history ahead of our school’s Centennial in 2026.

Peter is editing a Yearbook publication documenting our people and their stories and would appreciate help in these areas:

  • HVHS students, teachers and support staff from the World War 11 era (1939-1945).
  • Alumni who attended/worked at HVHS from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s.
  • Stories from our diverse communities throughout HVHS’s 98-year history.

Peter is passionate about capturing these stories, images, and materials before they are lost. If you can help Peter, please email him at Please include your phone details, as Peter is happy to call. You can also find Peter coaching on the sidelines of the HVHS Boys 2nd Cricket Team.

Thank you to the many alumni who have already emailed and spoken with Peter. It’s a big project Peter is undertaking, and any support is greatly appreciated.

Past Pupils and Friends Association

The Past Pupils and Friends Association aims to:

  • maintain a close relationship with the school
  • contribute financially to specific projects at the school
  • award annual scholarships (up to 3) to graduating Year 13 students
  • produce regular newsletters
  • contribute financially to the work of the Archivist
  • organise functions for past pupils.

The Past Pupils and Friends Association (PPFA) have a rich history of making grants to the school and individual pupils.  The annual PPFA Scholarships are awarded to graduating Year 13 students (up to three) who have made a significant contribution to the school during their time.

The 2023 recipients of the PPFA Scholarships were Hardeep Kaur and Allie Knox who received the PPFA Scholarships for their valued contributions to school life.

Each year the PPFA meets for their Annual General Meeting (AGM), everyone is welcome to attend. In 2023, the AGM meeting took place on Thursday 22 June from 7pm – 8:30pm in the Staffroom. The timing of the PPFA’s 2024 AGM will be posted on this page once confirmed and on the Hutt Valley High School Alumni page on Facebook.

Connecting with the PPFA

The PPFA welcomes contributions and article ideas for our newsletters. If you’d like to get in touch with news or you’d like to contribute an article email the PPFA at

To receive the PPFA’s newsletter please join the mailing list by signing up here

To read the latest Hutt Valley High School news you’re also welcome to ‘like’ our active Alumni page on Facebook

PPFA Contact Information