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.