Like many schools in Auckland, Te Atatu Intermediate had a regularly occurring problem – rainy weather could effectively shut down the school’s PE program and leave students and staff alike stuck in the classroom during break times. By the time the principal, Ms Noelle Fletcher and her caretaker approached the team at Shade Systems for a solution to this problem, they had seen a lot of canopies. “I’ve seen them all, I’ve seen lots,” Ms Fletcher said – but until she saw products by Shade Systems, none of the options seemed viable, being either too flimsy and unsafe or just not attractive enough.
It was a member of the Board of Trustees, Mr Mike Hirst, who recommended the school consider a shade solution by Shade Systems. Having worked closely with our team on the COLA canopy at Matipo Primary School, Mr Hirst had seen first-hand why many schools have elected to run with our company on a project like this.