After fire destroyed classrooms at Tereora College early in the morning of Monday 8th August, the support of the wider community is allowing school to get back underway with only two days of closure to allow for logistics.
A cordon of the top block of the College will remain in place for health and safety reasons and to allow the Police and Fire Service to complete their work. Learning spaces have been made available in the CISNOC and Sports Arena buildings as well as the community clinic. “We will use marquees as temporary classrooms until some of the cordon comes down” said Principal Tania Morgan. “Our teachers and others from the community are all here today helping us to get organized and we look forward to welcoming our students back to Term 3 on Wednesday”.
Gail Townsend, Secretary of Education continued “the response from other government agencies and the wider community has been fantastic in ensuring students do not loose learning time. Yes, we have lost some buildings but schools are way more than the buildings and the way everyone has come together today demonstrates this”. “I would particularly like to acknowledge the Police and Fire Service for their response last night and CIIC for their immediate support made available this morning”.
The Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for Education and currently in Manihiki, has been fully informed and is confident in the ability of the school to get underway again.