Snells Beach School
Classrooms due to open at the beginning of 2009
Snells Beach School is taking shape. The $8 million facility on Dawson Rd is expected to have an initial roll of about 260 when it opens next year, rising to 500 during the next 12 years. The population of Snells Beach and Algies Bay is expected to grow from 3500 to 9200 by 2018. The school has opened a temporary office at the Snells Beach shopping centre so people can inspect the plans. The school began taking enrolments during May. The seaside town, about 10km from Warkworth, is popular with families. The area, overlooking Kawau Bay, was named after James and Mary Snell who bought the land, then casually known as Long Beach, in 1854. The Cornish couple has immigrated to New Zealand with their six children in 1853 after briefly living in Canada and Australia. Snells Beach has two busy shopping areas including The Warehouse. It has a library and community centre and community police station next to Goodall Reserve, and boat ramps at the beach. A must visit is the Highfield Garden Reserve, which separates Snells Beach from Algies Bay. It’s home to friendly donkeys and white ducks. The reserve has an amazing lookout across Snells Beach.