Principals Message Newsletter 5 - 5 April 2017 

Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

Playground Opening

This week we opened our new Endeavour Centre playground to allow children with physical disabilities to play with their friends from all over the school.

The equipment is designed to allow students in wheelchairs or those who use walking frames easy, independent access. It is already a very popular area in the school and is enjoyed by many children, both disabled and able-bodied.

We would like to thank the Barriball family for their contribution to this playground.  Before his death last year, our former principal, Bas Barriball indicated that the family would like to make a donation to the school.  He always supported the Endeavour Centre and worked hard to ensure those children had equal opportunity in all areas of school life.  He was consulted on the plan before his death and gave it his seal of approval.

Part of the playground involves a wooden seat, donated by Mt Roskill Intermediate.  Bas loved anything timber and this beautiful macrocarpa seat will be great for our parents to supervise their children on the new playground.  The seat also takes in a view of the maze which was another innovation Bas was responsible for.

Whatangarongaro te tangata  toitū tena ngakau”

“A man disappears from sight but his heart remains”

We hope everyone enjoys the benefits of this playground.  On behalf of the Board, Staff and Students I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this playground including, The Barriball Family, Mt Roskill Intermediate, Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate, Friends of the Mt Roskill Primary School Endeavour Centre Charitable Trust, The Trusts Community Foundations, Trillian Trust and Pub Charity Ltd.

Mike O’Reilly              

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