Acting principal Nooroa Ingaua told CI News a few projects had been “on the table” at recent PTA meetings, but a new school hall was top priority.
The 85 students of Rutaki Primary are left ducking for cover if the weather turns bad, having to use a crowded classroom from which the furniture has to be removed to accommodate all the students and teachers in one space
On sunny days, children squeeze under the biggest tree on their school field to find shade, sometimes getting dirty in the process.
With the two-day school cultural competition set to start at 6pm this evening at the National Auditorium Apii Rutaki will take advantage of the opportunity to raise money for the hall project.
With the help of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Cultural Development and a vast number of local sponsors, parents and teachers of Rutaki will run a food stall at the event.
“We really appreciate what local businesses and individuals have done for our school by contributing to this worthwhile cause,” Ingaua said.
School administrators sent a letter requesting sponsorship to around 20 local businesses and was amazed to find no-one turned them down and all donated generously.
Chicken rolls, ice-cream, canned drinks and chilled nu are among the food treats the school will sell.
“The school will perform their cultural dance on Wednesday and we will only be running the food stall on Tuesday,” Ingaua said.
All the school’s 85 students will perform, and Ingaua urges anyone who wants a ticket to be in fast, as they are selling out.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children, and all are invited to join in and contribute to a great cause.
Tickets can be purchased from any primary school office before tonight’s show which starts at 6pm.
All of Rarotonga’s primary schools will perform in the competition, which has so many entrants it has been split over two nights. For more information call your local primary school office.