Spruce-up on the way

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Rus­sell School has won a bright new makeover and is seek­ing lo­cals handy with paint­brushes to help with the spruce-up.

The Can­nons Creek pri­mary school is one of 20 wor­thy com­mu­nity projects na­tion­wide to have won free paint from paint com­pany Du­lux.

Rus­sell prin­ci­pal Sose An­nan­dale says the 100 litres of paint will be used on the in­te­rior of the school’s di­lap­i­dated hall. The hall dates from the 1960s, and was prob­a­bly last painted 20 years ago, she says.

The white walls and ceil­ing are look­ing tired, and the kitchen and toi­let paint job is run­down and dated.

Which colour will be used in the hall is yet to be de­cided, Ms An­nan­dale says.

Rus­sell’s school colour is a dark ‘‘ su­per­hero blue’’, but a fi­nal colour de­ci­sion will be made af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with Du­lux.

The school is call­ing on its com­mu­nity of par­ents and neigh­bours to help paint the school in spring­time.

The first job will be a ‘‘great spring-clean’’ to pre­pare for the paint­ing – walls need sand­ing and cup­boards need to be cleared of bro­ken fur­ni­ture and old gym equip­ment.

‘‘We have a lot of cup­boards with a lot of scary things,’’ Ms An­nan­dale says.

‘‘ Many hands make light work.’’

The hall is used not just by school­child­ren but by lo­cals for church events, birth­day par­ties, meet­ings and even wed­dings.

Ms An­nan­dale says the school won the competition be­cause she em­pha­sised in her ap­pli­ca­tion how cen­tral the hall is to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘[The hall is] used dur­ing day­time by the school but nearly ev­ery night of the week and all over the week­end it’s used by com­mu­nity groups.

‘‘We’re the care­tak­ers but ev­ery­body uses it, and that’s the way it should be.’’

One com­mu­nity group is al­ready on board: Plim­mer­ton Ro­tary will help pay for scaf­fold­ing for the re­dec­o­ra­tion.

The hall makeover is just one of the im­prove­ments planned by Ms An­nan­dale, who be­came prin­ci­pal this year af­ter Alis­tair Hud­son de­parted.

Two of the school’s seven class­rooms will be spruced up, with oth­ers to fol­low in next year’s bud­get, she says. ‘‘We want to change things.’’ Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life­sav­ing Club was the only other lo­cal re­cip­i­ent of free paint from Du­lux, win­ning 60 litres.

Club cap­tain By­ron Mal­colm­son says the paint will be used as part of a big­ger re­vamp of its toi­let and shower rooms, and will help patch up graf­fiti on the ex­te­rior of the build­ing.

It re­mains to be seen whether the club will choose Du­lux’s pale pink colour named ‘ Ti­tahi Bay’, Mr Mal­colm­son says.

Team ef­fort: Rus­sell School pupils will lend a hand along­side their par­ents and teach­ers when the school re­ceives its free paint makeover.

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