Kaikohe West School
Kaikohe West School – ‘A dream come true’
It took 20 years of planning, but Kaikohe West School has finally realised a dream that has been passed down from principal to principal. The completion of a $1 million performing arts and sports centre had the school and wider community buzzing with excitement. The new venue includes a modern multi-purpose building with a kitchen, stage and conference rooms, as well as a 30m x 18m PVC canopy over the court area adjacent. The courts themselves have been resurfaced with Astroturf to complete the look of shining newness that the complex seems to emit.
Brought together under one roof
The canopy is the centrepiece and key feature of the new development, creating a unique centre when a combination of sporting and cultural events are literally brought together under one roof. Combined with the new court surfacing, the school will be able to continue with netball and hockey practices year round, rain or shine, much to the delight of Principal Hamish Ruawai. “Sport brings parents into the school and that’s good for the school.” Assemblies, games, concerts and Kapa Haka performances will also be able to be held throughout the year under the canopy – something Mr Ruawai is very happy about. “We’re really proud of our kids, and want people to see them and hear them.”
The complex was opened by Mr Ruawai’s predecessor, Barbara Wards, who was principal of the school for 15 years and always had a dream of having a school hall. Ms Wards worked hard with both parents and staff to raise funds to help make that happen, something she has finally seen, and now, “we really want to celebrate that it’s about the Kaikohe community.”