2017 Projects

At Leigh School we are constantly working to improve the school and make it a better environment for our children to learn in.

Here are descriptions of some of the projects we have been working on this year, (we have  had a number of other smaller projects on the go too – but these are the big ones).

 New Classrooms

Our new open plan classrooms have arrived and a big team of builders, painters etc have been working on them since March 2017. There have been some delays due to weather but the two classes of kids will finally settled into them at the start of Term 3 2017!

We were lucky to also negotiate the installation of additional water tanks. These have been partially submerged and will massively increase our water supply, avoiding us needing to purchase water for drinking, and also provide water for our veggie garden and pool.

We fundraised at Carnival this year towards Modern Learning Environment style furniture for throughout all of the classrooms and library spaces.

Pool Renovation

Our much utilised school pool is such a resource for our community and was in desperate need of repairs.  So this was our major focus for fundraising this year. There is information about what we are doing to fix it up on this page. The awesome Love Leigh Peg  and our community helped us to achieve this goal….

Before photo!

After photo!

Playground Makeover

After the renovation of most of the playground in 2015, the school BOT and community continued with its makeover this year. A working bee in August covered the playground with a thick layer of bark and refilled the sandpit with fresh sand. Plus the old wooden tower was revamped and repainted. The kids (of the school and the broader community) are making great use of it it is fantastic to know that they are safe while they play.

Native Tree Planting

We were lucky enough to receive some funding from Auckland City Council in 2014 to start our project of greatly increasing the amount of native trees and plants around our grounds. The first stage has been completed and we look forward to continuing this with the landscaping that will happen around our new classrooms.
Environmental-Leigh / Toitū-te-Whenua
Brief description:  We want to plant the edges of our school field (used by the whole community) with natives trees and plants & (eventually) also edibles.
* more shade for all users
* an environment for rare native birds moving between the local sanctuaries of Hauturu (Little Barrier) and Tawharanui
* environmental sustainability learning for our children
* unique outdoor-learning spaces
* children cooking, preserving, marketing, selling the edibles
* any excess fruit available to our community
Long term goals and objectives of the project-
To teach our children and our children’s children about the concepts of kaitiaakitanga.
– We hope that this project will engender a sense of connection to the whenua (land) in the young children that are involved with the project.
– We hope that it will inspire them to see that they can make a positive impact on the land and that they will carry this ethos forward with them as they grow into adults.
– We hope that they will develop an interest in the habitat of native birds and insects and a desire to protect the birds, insects and their habitats.
– We hope that the community will come together to work on this project and thereby become a more cohesive and environmentally motivated group of people as a whole.
– We hope that this small space of land will essentially become a slice of regenerated forest, and act as part of a vital chain between Hauturu and Tawharanui, providing food and roosting for native birds, and a home for native invertebrates.
– We hope that this area of bush will be a rich source of learning opportunities for our children and for all visitors to our area.

– We anticipate that eventually rare native birds will be visiting us, avoiding us having to pay large amounts of money to take our children on school trips by bus and ferry to see them!

We see it as a long term, multi-stage project and will be carried out as funding permits.