Marriene Langton Principal

Marriene Langton Principal

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


 We held a beautiful blessing ceremony in the new school on Tuesday 1 April just as the sun was rising. Lynne and Corban Te Aika from Ngai Tuahuriri guided us through the process with the guests who had helped us to make this dream a reality.

It was such a privilege to walk through the buildings and to touch the walls as a way of imparting a blessing to all who will work and learn there.

Our shared kai and short speeches afterwards were a small reflection of how many people committed to see this project come into fruition through persistence and hard work. We love being on our home site, in our new buildings.

It was heartwarming to see the architects, build management company, construction company, Ministry of education representatives, friends of the school, ex board and current board, ex staff and student leaders present. Dr Megan Woods has been a champion of our cause and we keep reminding her of the need for a gym. She smiles, but I know she hears.

Thank you to everyone who partnered with us in this amazing project.

Monday, April 12, 2021


 On March 26 we reopened on our home site. Unbelievable that 15 months ago we were on a temporary site, no schooling happening because of the lockdown and wondering if we would get back home within the next two years. And here we are with grateful thanks to the whole construction team who pushed this project across the finish line. WOOHOO.  It is hard to describe the feeling of coming home and the sense of belonging.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

How To Deal With Hot Hot Days at Chernobyl.


Our temporary site is not the place where we would want to be for a long long time. On hot days it is unbearable. But there is always a solution...turn on the fire hose.

Whaea Georgia was ready and geared up with her rashie and  hair tied up. The day before the Cycle safe Crew rode the bikes through the hose. I guess that was to practise for torrential rain and slippery road conditions.

And it's getting closer...


We are all on to get finished on time. We have a very supportive team at the Ministry of Education, TBIG and with Andrew Richmond our on site project manager.

We had staff playing "bagsies" for spaces and kitchens. It was very funny. I'm looking forward to the singing with the whole school again.

I checked the paint! NO green. Phew. Sorry Tricia.

the big sinks are for outdoors, especially for washing paint brushes.

one of the 5 maker space areas with a kitchen

reception area and the window onto the hauora room

the reception desk with rimu repurposed from the old school

the reception area. Rachael and Helen will love it

teacher resource room with some built in furniture

I don't think that these loos are ready for use!