Ad­min­is­tra­tion block re­vamped

Kapiti News - - News - Ros­alie Willis

Walk­ing through Para­pa­raumu Col­lege’s newly ren­o­vated ad­min­is­tra­tion block, the foot­print is the same but it’s had a dras­tic re­con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Con­struc­tion work started in Fe­bru­ary by Peryer Con­struc­tion with Re-De­sign ar­chi­tects cre­at­ing the de­signs.

With the com­ple­tion goal the last week of term three, the block has taken only a few days longer to com­plete and will be fully op­er­a­tional be­fore the new school term be­gins next week.

Last week a kawanga whare, a pre-dawn bless­ing cer­e­mony, was held at the col­lege led by kauma¯ tua Don Te Maipi.

Don ex­plained to ev­ery­one who braved the early 6.30am start that the tra­di­tional predawn bless­ing cer­e­mony is about pro­mot­ing well­be­ing.

With the ad­min­is­tra­tion block be­ing the heart of the school in­clud­ing the prin­ci­pal, as­sis­tants, ad­min­is­tra­tors and deans of­fices, the sick bay, main school of­fice and staff room, the de­sign of the build­ing makes the staff more ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents.

Ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chloe Ka­soulides said, “I’ve been blown away by what they’ve been able to do on the in­side when it was re­ally the out­side that needed to be fixed.”

A leak­ing roof was the is­sue to be­gin with how­ever the con­struc­tion has in­cluded an over­haul in­side com­plete with new car­pet, tro­phy cab­i­nets and sound­proofed walls.

“I think it looks won­der­ful and it’s go­ing to be a great place to be work­ing out of,” said Para­pa­raumu Col­lege prin­ci­pal’s as­sis­tant Cathy Lawry.

“It’s all about in­clu­sion. “The ac­ces­si­bil­ity is very im­por­tant es­pe­cially with how schools work in this day and age, we are now more ac­ces­si­ble to both the kids and the par­ents.

“Hav­ing Craig Steed [prin­ci­pal] and the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pals closer to where the stu­dents come and go, they will now be more in­ter­ac­tive and ac­ces­si­ble. It’s not just about the learn­ing but about be­ing in­ter­ac­tive.”

The col­lege has three more build­ing projects on the cards with the next up­grade be­ing the cul­tural cen­tre next year.

PHOTO / JACK PEN­MAN

Kauma¯ tua Don Te Maipi lead­ing the bless­ing of Para­pa­raumu Col­lege’s ad­min­is­tra­tion block.

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