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Strathmore gets to play on hillside super slide

Sep 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, News, Top Picture


Principal Kyran Smith is grateful for the community support of Kahurangi Primary school.

A giant super slide is planned for the hillside at Kahurangi Primary School thanks to fundraising and community support for the project.

The 12 metre slide designed by Mark Newdick Landscape Architects will be installed over the summer holidays if the last of the funds required are raised.

School principal Ms Kyran Smith says they are two-thirds of the way towards their total.

Amanda Hereaka is the chair of Kahurangi Friends which is helping to raise funds.

“The slide is a great project not only for the kids of the school but the wider community,” Amanda says..

Kahurangi Friends have held two fundraisers this year – Kotahi, an annual all age music festival on Waitangi Day, and Peninsula Pictures, an outdoor movie.

Upcoming fundraisers include the annual Halloween disco, held at the school on October 31 and a couple of hangi.

Details for the Halloween disco and other events hosted by Kahurangi Friends can be found on their Facebook page.

The slide is one of a number of projects the school is involved with this year.

The school entered the Roxy 5 film competition for the first time this year and their film, Step by Step, won the junior category.

The win meant that they were able to reshoot the film with the help of professionals from the film industry with proper equipment.

“You couldn’t pay for that kind of experience,” says Kyran.

The five minute film is about a troubled boy on a mission to amend the sorrows and make peace with his recently deceased brother, says the films byline.

It will be screened as part of Wellington’s Capital E festival in March 2017.

The school also has a long term plan, Project Kaiwaka, to upgrade the school pool so that a swim school can operate from it.

The school conducted a survey with the local community and early childhood centres on the Miramar Peninsula and received enthusiastic support for the idea.

The project is still at the design stage due to the expense of building.

“We have a group of interested parents who are in the school working with the board to ensure we are progressing, alongside the council because they are significant contributors,” says Kyran.

The school currently uses the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie.

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