Ground broken at Paerata School site
Earthworks are underway at Paerata Rise as the community is set to welcome the relocated Paerata School. The construction of the primary school, which will have a roll of over 370 students for stage 1 and 700 for stage 2, is a significant step in the development of the community.
Luke Thompson, Principal of Paerata School, says that staff and students are excited about the move to the new site.
“This is an exciting time for our school and the Paerata community. It's an opportunity to create a new school design and curriculum that truly engages with iwi and community. It's rare that teachers and support staff get the opportunity to move into a new school like this, so we all are really excited”.
Thompson has been working alongside representatives from the Ministry of Education to organise a blessing ceremony of the site with local iwi. The ceremony was held at 6am on 17th of October 2019 with an audience of around 30.
“We felt it was really important to involve the local Iwi early with the development of the school. That’s why we worked with people at MOE, Paerata Rise and the project manager building the school to make the blessing ceremony possible”, says Thompson.
Chris Johnston, Executive Director of Paerata Rise says this is a massive milestone for Paerata Rise. “Plans have been in the works for some time and we are really excited to now be underway with the construction of the school,”
Paerata Primary will be the first school to be developed in the new Paerata Rise subdivision.
The new Paerata School is due to open in 2021.