Sue Heath Building opens at Hāwea Flat School

Ex-principal of 21 years Sue Heath cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the building named in her honour with her two grandsons (Ezra and Lennox), who are current pupils at the school.

A new administration building at Hāwea Flat School officially opened last Friday, replacing the almost 20-year-old facility that the school had significantly outgrown. 

The new office block encompasses a new reception area, medical room, accessible bathroom with shower and changing table facilities, and a larger staff room. Principal Tania Pringle recalled that fitting all the teachers into the previous staff room under COVID-19 social distancing measures had proved a challenge.

The project, which was funded by the Ministry of Education under the capital works programme, has taken six years to be brought to life. Much credit for its completion is given to previous principal of 21 years Sue Heath, after whom the new building is named in acknowledgement of her “years of dedication and incredible contribution to Hāwea Flat School.” Much-loved Heath stepped down as principal last year. 

Pringle said that it was “extra special to be able to acknowledge Sue,” who had made a huge effort in fighting for the new building. “Without her vision or dedication, this building may never have happened,” she said.

Heath cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony with her two grandsons (Ezra and Lennox), who are current pupils at the school. Pupils performed the kapa haka, and speeches were followed by a tour of the new building and a sausage sizzle.

“The opening of our new building marked another milestone in the history of Hāwea Flat School,” said Pringle. “It is a very overdue necessity which has been gratefully received by everyone, especially as we continue to grow rapidly. It should hold us in good stead for the future.”

Read edition 981 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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