Pride on dis­play at school en­trance open­ing

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JOHN LEWIS john.lewis@odt.co.nz

PUPILS writ­ing wel­come speeches, plant­ing gar­dens, tidy­ing up and help­ing to or­gan­ise the of­fi­cial open­ing of Dunedin North Intermediate’s new $1.2 mil­lion en­trance, shows a pride their prin­ci­pal has not seen be­fore.

Prin­ci­pal Heidi Hay­ward said the pupils had worked hard in the build­up to the open­ing of the new fa­cil­ity yesterday.

‘‘We [the school board of trustees] got the build­ing go­ing, but they’ve been re­ally in­stru­men­tal in beau­ti­fy­ing the area around it.

‘‘They’re su­per ex­cited. They’ve been like lit­tle buzzy bees out there, putting plants in the gar­den.

‘‘I know it’s just a build­ing, but for them it’s about re­flect­ing what goes on in this place. There’s noth­ing old­fash­ioned or rumpty hap­pen­ing here.

‘‘Pre­vi­ously, the first im­pres­sion peo­ple got from our build­ings when they came here was that the school was old­fash­ioned and un­cared for.

‘‘They’re re­ally proud of the school’s new im­age.’’

She said the fa­cil­ity in­cluded a new of­fice­ad­min­is­tra­tion block with an en­trance built to face North Rd, and the school hall had been turned into a two­way space with a per­form­ing arts area at the front end of the build­ing, and a smaller hall for school as­sem­blies at the other end.

Health Min­is­ter and Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark of­fi­cially opened the build­ing by un­veil­ing a plaque.

PHOTOS: GREGOR RICHARDSON

Wel­come . . . Dunedin North Intermediate school coun­cil­lors (from left) Lina Fraser (13), Jas­mine Mer­ri­man (12) and Erin Cade (12) wel­come vis­i­tors to the school’s new front en­trance (be­low).

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