Monday, 26 August 2013

A Possible Site for a New Playground

Mark Smith, Darren O'Leary and myself met with a playground stockist who has done refurbishments to our playground.
This was to get an idea of cost and a suitable site.
The possible site of Rimu block has been eliminated due to Ministry restrictions and lack of sun during winter. Below is a picture of a proposed site near the back of the hall and swimming pool.
Its a unused area that could look better with some planting, paths and play equipment. Infact you can still see the old abandoned maypole still there. It would be great to put in a flying fox, some tunnels and slides over this bank.

In ballpark figures we are talking about $80,000 for playground equipment without any site development ie retaining walls and landscaping. There is a lot of scoping that has to be done if we are going to apply for some grants funding.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events - Please keep the dates free

Friday 23 August, Afternoon Tea for Parents in the Staffroom, between 2 & 3pm. This is a chance for you to meet the committee and understand why we need a new playground. Then to

Tuesday 17 September: Movie fundraiser ‘Blue Jasmine’ at Lighthouse Cinema, Pauatahanui at 730pm Tickets $20. Email us for tickets or ring Lisa on 0275103973.

Friday 18th October: Papakowhai School ladies shopping night 7-930pm
Stallholders, craft demonstrations, silent auction and lots of fun. More details will follow.
Thursday 5th December End of Year BBQ Foodie night Parent and Student get together
Still under planning with some differences this year.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

A New Playground - A new challenge

Its now official the Home and School, Board of Trustees, teachers and parents have a new fundraising mission of a new playground for the school.
With the growing number of students on the same playground space the time has come for a new playground.
This playground will be mainly targeted at 7-10 year olds but in no way limited to them.

A first estimate of cost is somewhere between $50,000 to $80,000 depending on specifics.  Unfortunately we do not have that kind of money sitting anywhere in a Home and School bank account to just buy it.  So we have started a round of fundraising up until Christmas that has been confirmed. Planning is continuing beyond this but obviously we need help. The Home and School Committee consists of less than ten parents. Please ask yourself what skills do you have that may help us to get to our fundraising goal quicker. It may be that you can offer us a voucher from your business for a raffle or you have baking skills and can help out with these at a function? It maybe that you can just give us some of your time at a fundraiser and that could make all the difference.

Please email us your ideas and thoughts on how we can get the money to fund the playground.

"I have tried raising money by asking for it, and by not asking for it. I always got more by asking for it." -Millard Fuller