New staff and com­put­ers great start for Maraeroa

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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