A showering of gifts for Seddon
A school in Marlborough has marked the first anniversary of the Kaiko¯ura quake with a showering of gifts.
A year on from the quake and children at Seddon School are celebrating no more ‘‘concrete’’ grass.
The school turned its new sprinklers on for the first time on Tuesday without having to worry about costs. An irrigation system has been installed at the school with the water coming free of charge from an irrigation scheme used by farmers in the area.
Seddon School principal Tania Pringle said it meant the children would benefit in the long-term.
‘‘Not only do we get a green field that is safe and keeps good ground quality but it will also mean budget-wise we can actually put money into the children.’’
Blind River Irrigation donated the water, which was set up on an automated system.
Blind River Irrigation chairman Andrew Hammond said he wanted to do his bit to help the school, as he was third-generation to the area.
Former board of trustees chairman Graham Payne, who worked to get the irrigation system running, said the donation was ‘‘significant for a little school’’.
‘‘That gesture meant a lot to the community,’’ Payne said.
Marlborough Mayor John Leggett was at the school on Tuesday for the official countdown as the irrigation system was turned on. The children were dressed in fluorescent gear in recognition of the hard work of road workers since the earthquake.
Harcourts Marlborough put on a barbecue for the children as part of the quake commemoration. Business owner Mark Davis said it was important to acknowledge the anniversary of the quake.
‘‘We just wanted to go down and acknowledge it, see how the kids are getting on.’’
Harcourts presented the school with a cheque for $400 from their Harcourts Foundation programme, which gave money back to a nominated community when someone sold a property with them. Seddon School was also donated $3000 from Phil Taylor, who ran the Queen Charlotte Track in one day and set up a Givealittle page for the school.
Tractor Repairs and Spares in Seddon gifted the school a new lawnmower, and H Blackwell Contracting also donated $2000 to the school.
The money would help replace the original entrance, pulled down post-quake after health and safety concerns.
Pringle said the entrance, not covered by Ministry of Education funding, was ‘‘iconic’’ so a new entrance would represent the school moving forward.