Wellsford School bus shed gets a new purpose

Wellsford School pupils put on a show.
Michael Curreen

Wellsford School pupils put on a show.

A "dusty, dirty, old bus garage" has been given a second life at Wellsford School.

The former bus shed, used by the school as storage, is now an "awesome facility", for the school and for the community.

With a new sound system, a mirrored wall, padded floor and gymnastics equipment, the updated shed is now anĀ ideal studio for performing arts and sport.

Wellsford School's junior kapa haka group performs a waiata.
Michael Curreen

Wellsford School's junior kapa haka group performs a waiata.

A karakia was held in the newly opened facility on Friday afternoon, a year to the day after the school's BMX track opened.

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The welcome was attended by staff, visitors, and sponsors, and student groups performed kapa haka, dance, gymnastics and martial arts.

Pupils perform at the opening of the Wellsford School studio.
Michael Curreen

Pupils perform at the opening of the Wellsford School studio.

"We have an awesome facility because you played a part somehow," principal Dave Bradley said to staff and guests.

"Perhaps you were muscle, perhaps you helped fundraise in other ways, but you are here because we no longer have a dusty, dirty, old bus garage, we have an awesome facility like this."

Teacher aide Sarah Lindsay has been involved in the project since 2015, when it was entered into the Stafix Power Your Community competition.

The fresh new look of the Wellsford School bus shed.
Michael Curreen

The fresh new look of the Wellsford School bus shed.

Coming away with second place, the school then applied for and received a Transpower grant, which funded the BMX track and bus shed upgrade.

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"It has come a long way. It shows what you can do when you've got an idea and people want to do it for their community," Lindsay says.

The leaky roof of the shed was repaired, with NorthTec lending their support, walls were replaced, and a new bathroom and kitchen were installed.

"Without Transpower's help this would have been a decaying part of Wellsford's history," Lindsay says.

"It used to get a lot of adults from A to B when it was the bus shed, and now it's got a lot more potential than a decaying building."

The new facility will be available to the community for hire.

 - Rodney Times

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