Australia funds new verandah

Monday October 22, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Rutaki principal Poti Maeva explains plans for the new verandah to Australian High Commissioner Ewen McDonald and Tuiane Marsters, wife of the Queen’s Representative. Mrs Marsters is a former pupil of the school. 18101822 Rutaki principal Poti Maeva explains plans for the new verandah to Australian High Commissioner Ewen McDonald and Tuiane Marsters, wife of the Queen’s Representative. Mrs Marsters is a former pupil of the school. 18101822

The 90 pupils of Apii Rutaki were thrilled yesterday morning to learn that Australia’s top diplomat in the South Pacific, High Commissioner Ewen McDonald, would be visiting their school.

 

More importantly, Australia is funding a $10,000 addition to the school’s verandah that will keep them drier in the rainy season.

Poti Maeva, principal of Rutaki, said the donation was a big boost for his school.

The current verandah is only 2.1 metres wide and when it rains everything on it gets wet.

“We have to cancel important activities and it is crowded when the children go out to eat their lunch.

“Another issue is when we have parents’ meetings we don’t have a hall here so we utilise a classroom and there’s not enough space. So parents stand outside on the verandah and some of them end up outside in the garden.”

The Australian funding will allow Maeva to make the verandah 2.5 metres wider and give pupils more room for their activities.

 

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