Bur­gled school fights on

Central Leader - - SPORT -

New balls, bibs and uni­forms will be locked in a ship­ping container at one of cen­tral Auck­land’s most bur­gled pri­mary schools.

The decile 1 Te Pa­papa School has been bro­ken into 12 times in two years and was hit three times over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

But its fight­ing spirit has seen it awarded a more than $6000 ANZ Net­ball Grant.

Thieves took the care­taker’s tools, which had just been re­placed af­ter a pre­vi­ous break-in, and sports gear on Box­ing Day. Then, in the early hours of Jan­uary 26, the ad­min­is­tra­tion com­puter was taken from the front desk and the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice van­dalised.

Te Pa­papa lost its re­main­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion com­puter and a new plasma TV from the li­brary in its most re­cent break-in on Fe­bru­ary 4.

Sports co-or­di­na­tor Teck Wee says the bur­glar­ies were up­set­ting and fundrais­ing puts a strain on the ‘‘ small but gen­er­ous com­mu­nity’’.

A ship­ping container has been pro­vided as a safe stor­age space.

‘‘The new gear will en­able our net­ballers to com­pete in com­pe­ti­tions and con­tinue to rep­re­sent our school to the best of their abil­ity, and the container means it’ll be safe,’’ Wee says.

Karen Tuiti from ANZ One­hunga says de­spite the bur­glar­ies the school­child­ren have not let it de­stroy their team spirit. Their de­ter­mi­na­tion im­pressed the judges, who dish out $100,000 worth of grants.

Pho­tos: DAVID ST GE­ORGE

All smiles: Te Pa­papa School net­ballers with their new sport gear.

Sur­prise time, left: A school as­sem­bly is held where ANZ rep­re­sen­ta­tives tell stu­dents about the new gear.

Locked tight: An ANZ rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the new ship­ping container which will store Te Pa­papa School’s gear.

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