Arson-hit school talks rebuilding

Last updated 05:00 15/08/2014
Paraparaumu School
WORK LOST: Paraparaumu School principal Steven Caldwell.
Destroyed: The charred ruins of classrooms destroyed by a blaze at Paraparaumu School.

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About 70 pupils and 150 parents crammed into the Paraparaumu School hall yesterday to hear principal Steven Caldwell outline rebuilding plans.

"The kids and parents were really pleased we will reopen on Wednesday next week," he said.

"They are really relieved the kids can get back to school."

A split campus with neighbouring St Patrick's School will operate until the upcoming holidays. Four classes will be run at St Patrick's with pupils being dropped off and picked up from Paraparaumu School.

Donations of time, money and fundraising activities were flooding in, Caldwell said.

"It has been a bit overwhelming, a bit like Telethon."

Three young teenage girls appeared in Porirua Youth Court on Monday in relation to the arson attack which destroyed four classrooms and the library on Sunday night.

The girls are due to reappear in Porirua Youth Court later this month.

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