18 February 2020
Today (18th February), Sunset Primary School celebrated the official opening of their new recreation facilities with a community event.
Collaborative thinking by Sunset Primary School and Rotorua Lakes Council in 2019 optimised opportunities for local tamariki through the Ko Te Tuara Totara o Fordlands (Fordlands Reinvigoration Project) and the Child Equity Programme.
Late last year, Sunset Primary was able to implement the Bikes in Schools initiative with funding and facilitation from the Bike on Trust to purchase bikes, helmets and on site storage. They also received an asphalt bike track and mountain bike track from Council for use by local families as well as students.
The school also secured enough funding through multiple contributors to be able to design and build a new and exciting space for play.
Sunset Primary School Principal Eden Chapman says the positive impact that these facilities will have on the tamariki and the community is huge.
“It’s really wonderful to see so much vibrancy here at the school. I am so delighted to have [these facilities] not just for the tamariki but for the community. Something that is really important to me is that this is a community play space and something that the community can be proud of, and help us to look after. ”
Locals had the chance to test out the new biking facilities, play on the new playground, and enjoy a free sausage sizzle and music from Mai FM. Widespan Sheds gave away two bikes to Sunset students through a raffle.
The formalities were finalised with the naming of the new playground as ‘Te Mana tū – Building resilience’ and the new bike and pump track as ‘Te Ara angitu – The road to success’.