Staff and students alike are excited about the future growth of Pukekohe Christian School (PCS).
The private school, which now has a roll of around 280 has grown rapidly and is expanding with new facilities. They plan to have a new hall and two new classrooms, and have employed two new teachers.
“There will now be one classroom for each year level,” Principal Clare Humber says. Year two and three students and year four and five students were currently combined, but the increase in primary school aged students will see a positive split between the year levels.
The new relocatable classrooms should be ready by the beginning of term one in 2018, and work will begin on the hall mid 2018. The new hall will also mean combined assemblies, rather than the current split assembly for primary and secondary levels.
“We plan to build a school hall and an art and technology room.”
They will also be creating courts for sports. Clare said the hall will be used for assemblies and to develop a drama department.
“We have a really enthusiastic choir and band and it will be fantastic to have proper facilities.”
The School is determined to maintain the tight knit community feel.
“Parents want their children to be nurtured and cared for. There is a caring atmosphere here.” As they are a private school, PCS do not receive ministry funding. Fundraising campaigns will be introduced in the future, to help with the ongoing costs of the hall. The Trust have made a good plan and they have been working on this for many years, so it’s very exciting to see it start to happen now,” Clare said.