Food festival in aid of school dome

Thursday November 16, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Service with a smile: Avarua Primary School has had plenty of practice when it comes to holding fundraising events. Parents, teachers and students are pictured helping each other out during the school’s successful fundraising drive in June last year. 16060319. Service with a smile: Avarua Primary School has had plenty of practice when it comes to holding fundraising events. Parents, teachers and students are pictured helping each other out during the school’s successful fundraising drive in June last year. 16060319.

Avarua Primary School is holding a food festival tomorrow to raise funds for the first-ever school dome in the Cook Islands.

 

Much like the National Auditorium domes, the school’s dome will be used for assemblies, sports games, meetings, and other gatherings.

The primary school has been without a school hall since its establishment in 1916, and this year it has been determined to raise enough money to fund a dome that will accommodate the students for weekly full-school assemblies and more.

The total cost of the structure will amount to $379,700.

Principal Engia Baxter said money for the project had been accumulating since 2015 when a major raffle fundraiser made $170,000.

“When I became principal two years ago, I knew this money could be used for something worthwhile and I think our dome project will largely benefit the school,” she said.

Baxter said they were fortunate with a generous donation from the Indian Grant Fund of $150,000 as well as funding from the New Zealand High Commission of $11,800.

“This came to $331,800, which is amazing, but we are still short of $47,900.”

The school is hoping to raise the remaining balance at tomorrow’s food festival.

The school’s dome supplier is New Zealand company Nova Shades Ltd. The company will send a team to install the dome during the Christmas holidays.

Baxter says the dome will be placed at the school’s tennis court and is expecting it to be completed before school begins next year.

“I would love to start 2018 off with the previous year’s project completed, but we will see.”

Baxter said she was very thankful to the Ministry of Culture for allowing Avarua school to use their dome while the school made plans for its own.

School students and teachers have been working hard to prepare for the food festival tomorrow and are calling on the local community for their support.

The event will be held at the school grounds and stalls will be selling a range of popular dishes such as plates of umu food, barbeque food, chicken curry, raw fish, and, of course, delicious desserts.

The school will also host fun activities for children to enjoy and a spin the wheel competition for giveaway prizes.

Pre-orders are available by contacting the school on 27320.

The food festival begins at 7am.

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