New staff and computers great start for Maraeroa
Maraeroa School has a positive outlook for the new school year, with less vandalism and graffiti, new staff, vegetable gardens and murals planned.
Principal Ali Stockwell said the summer holidays were relatively free of incidents of vandalism and break-ins, which have plagued the school in the past.
‘‘It [the holidays] was nothing like it used to be, only a few minor things, and that comes down to the community being more aware. ‘‘There were also regular patrols by the Maori Wardens and Community Guardians, which we are grateful for.’’
Ms Stockwell and her staff – including new teachers and deputy principal – welcomed children back to school last week. She was particularly proud of the 32 new computers, which will make a big difference to the learning opportunities the school provides.
New entrants teacher Dot Payne has big plans for 2013. This includes more murals with the help of grants and Porirua City Council, and a large sandpit.
She also wants raised vegetable gardens outside the classrooms and hopes to get input from the Maraeroa School community to put these plans in place.
‘‘At the end of last year we made a massive salad, enough for more than 20 kids, it was amazing. They love growing stuff and helping, it teaches very valuable skills that they can use anywhere.’’
Ms Stockwell says one of the key issues for the school this year is community engagement.
‘‘We’re going to have a great year, there’s a real buzz and positive feel around here. We’re hoping to get parents to help us fundraise and be more involved in the school.’’
Colourful Dot: Whaea Dot (real name Dot Payne) has colourful ideas to brighten up Maraeroa School – the lids of two sandpits are an example of one idea brought to fruition, which the students took on as their own project.