A former school bus shed was officially opened as a new performing arts and sports studio at Wellsford Primary School on May 19.
The multi-purpose space, which includes soft floor mats, floor to ceiling mirrors and a kitchen and bathroom area, will cater for kapa haka, kempo, dance, gymnastics and drama.
Wellsford School principal Dave Bradley described the new learning area as a wonderful resource for students.
“Performing arts is a significant part of our school and we can now have two indoor rehearsals going at once with the use of our studio and hall,” Mr Bradley says.
The space was originally used as a bus shed and workshop, but in 1988 became storage after servicing moved to Leabourn’s bus station.
The building still incorporates some storage for classroom equipment and about 65 bicycles the students use on the school BMX track.
The project was a joint initiative between Board of Trustees member Sarah Lindsay and head of sport Phil Lees. Renovation work started in December 2015 and was completed last December at a cost of $65,000.
The school received $43,000 from Transpower New Zealand and $3000 from a Stafix community Facebook competition.