School celebrates major upgrade
New classrooms, playground for Stoke SchoolADAM ROBERTS
Stoke School pupils have new ways to learn, play and enjoy their school life, thanks to a recently completed multi-year school upgrade.
A three year, $400,000 modernisation project to upgrade the school, including new classrooms, a new kitchen, new turf and a new playground, was formally unveiled at a ceremony yesterday morning.
The upgrade was paid for using a combination of Ministry of Education funding, donations from local organisations, and grants from the Canterbury Community Trust and the Mainland Foundation.
Representatives of the sponsors attended the ceremony yesterday, along with Nelson MP Nick Smith.
Principal Pete Mitchener said the opening was a very uplifting day for the school, and was a great celebration of the wonderful support the school had received.
"It was really nice for a lot of people to acknowledge the good work going on."
The children were now more able to focus on their learning without being distracted, he said.
Three years ago the school had decided the classes needed to be bigger to allow more space students to work with digital devices, work together in groups, and sit together as a class, he said.
They soon decided to use the space in the hallway between the four senior classrooms, and to create an outdoor covered decking area.
At the same time, they decided to install Tiger Turf to replace aging asphalt, and a local couple also donated their old kitchen as they upgraded to a new one.
Earlier this year the school won a $30,000 playground from play-fitness company PlatinumPlay, after entering 50 pupils in last month's Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.
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