New School BuildingsBy Helen Tristram 8th April 2011
Waikanae School celebrated completion of its new buildings with an opening ceremony on Friday 1st April. All parents and friends of the school were invited and the ceremony took place in front of the two new classrooms.
Kevin Milne officially opened the new buildings which were blessed by Don Te Maipi.
Other guests were Graham Benbrook, a former principal, Roger Booth, deputy Mayor and Peter Foster, chairperson of the Board of Trustees.
The current headmaster, Bevan Campbell, has been at the school since July 1998 and has seen the project through from start to finish.
It will be `boys only` in the two new classrooms, rooms 20 and 21, as there has recently been a huge influx of boys compared to girls.
The $1.2 million worth of improvements to the school started in 2010 and includes a redeveloped library, new staffroom, upgraded hall, offices, teaching spaces and the two new classrooms.
The former dental clinic and canteen were demolished last year to make way for the new buildings.
When the library was completed in December 2010, a time capsule was put under the floor.
The time capsule will be reopened on the school`s 125th anniversary in 2021.