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Alpine history . . . Aoraki Mt Cook School pupils have been learning about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's summiting of Mt Everest. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Aoraki Mt Cook School pupils visited the statue of Sir Edmund Hillary last week to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Sir Edmund’s successful climb of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest.

The pupils have been learning about Sir Edmund Hillary, Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay and their famous ascent.

May 29 was the day the pair stood on top of Mt Everest, 65 years ago, so pupils walked to the statue of Sir Edmund at The Hermitage Hotel.

To remember their achievement, and that of more than 400 other people who supported them, the pupils sang a song and performed a haka.