‘Brazen’ van­dal­ism sweeps Bay schools

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - Ge­or­gia May

Hawke’s Bay schools had to deal with a wave of van­dal­ism this week.

In Napier, St Patrick’s School ju­niors lost the lux­ury of sun pro­tec­tion af­ter a large shade sail was stolen from the grounds.

Prin­ci­pal Jurek Wypych said the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Guy Fawkes night and be­lieved it was a pre­med­i­tated plan.

“It’s a pretty hard thing to steal, a 8.5m by 4m shade sail some­time dur­ing the night,” he said.

Wypych said it was re­moved from its tracks, not an easy or smooth process.

“It’s to shade our 5-year-olds and now we’ll be us­ing our school funds to pay for an­other.”

St Patrick’s had hosted a num­ber of fundrais­ing events dur­ing the past few months to buy sports equip­ment for the stu­dents, some­thing they were look­ing for­ward to.

“We were also go­ing to buy our ju­niors some equip­ment for their play-based learn­ing, but we can’t buy that now. We have to re­place the shade sail and they’re not cheap.

“Some­one has taken it for their own per­sonal use, prob­a­bly for their own fam­ily. So, we wish them a very Merry Christ­mas.”

The school was work­ing with the po­lice to see if the sail could be lo­cated.

“The act is quite brazen and very dis­ap­point­ing. It’s a pity peo­ple steal from chil­dren.

“We haven’t down­played it, we told them that th­ese things hap­pen and that we will re­place it. But they couldn’t be­lieve that some­one would steal from them.”

Cam­ber­ley School in Hast­ings was also hit this week. A win­dow was smashed and graf­fiti dis­cov­ered on its pub­lic toi­let walls.

The school reached out to the pub­lic via their Face­book page, say­ing that Here­taunga and Cam­ber­ley kinder­garten also had their build­ings dam­aged by lo­cal pri­mary school stu­dents, which was “re­ally sad”.

“We have had a ko­rero with our tamariki re­gard­ing re­spect­ing our schools and kindy and are ask­ing that whanau re­spect our tikanga by not let­ting their tamariki come to school un­su­per­vised out of school hours.”

A spokesper­son from the school did not want to com­ment.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED

Graf­fiti dis­cov­ered on the pub­lic toi­let walls of Cam­ber­ley School ear­lier this week.

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