School makes small community richer

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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

The fully refurbished Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School was recently reopened and dedicated for the community, with larger classrooms and upgraded facilities. 

Mayor Tony Bonne noted the excellent reputation the school has for producing high performing students and commended the Church and school community . . .

During the celebration, Morriss King—who, with parents of the local church, first had the vision of an Adventist Church school in Whakatane—shared that the school had become so much bigger than the vision that started it. 
 

Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School students sing a special item at the school’s dedication.

Mayor Tony Bonne noted the excellent reputation the school has for producing high performing students and commended the Church and school community, saying, “Thank you for making our community richer.”

The original school was a forestry office building won by a tender of $NZ2500. Now the facade is all that remains of the original office block.

Principal Olepa Ki Korenhoff and teachers Cas Goodchild and Teressa Dunn expressed how much they enjoy the additional space to provide quality learning in a modern environment.
 

The new extension at the back of the school.

School Board chair Phil Van Dosschoten noted that the energy efficient approach to the refurbishment had already begun to provide savings to school operating costs.

New Zealand Pacific Union Education director Rosalie McFarlane explained that the refurbishment was an investment by the Church in New Zealand to ensure Adventist education remains an integral part of the small community.