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These were just some of the reactions from a few excited students at Greymouth High School when they learned that NZCT has awarded $50,000 towards the cost of artificial turf installation for playing courts.
Executive Officer Raewyn McKnight says, ”There are 570 students who attend the school and about 250 primary school students who come to our site once a week for technology classes. All of these students will have access to the turfed courts. PE classes will be able to use the outside courts more safely and effectively as well as sporting groups in our local community.”
School Principal Samantha Mortimer adds, “This year, Greymouth High School will celebrate our centenary on the current site. It is our hope to showcase many of the innovations that have gone on over the years to the ex-pupils who attend the event, including this one.”
“We are very excited that these courts join our brand new playground and our skate park - all places which encourage healthy lifestyles. Having new turf courts is a game-changing win for our rangatahi who love to play basketball and netball during breaks. We have more than ten basketball teams at Grey High, and many of our students play for local netball teams, this will give us additional space to practise our sporting skills.”
“Both our senior boys and girls teams went to Basketball Nationals in Palmerston North in 2022. Our junior boys and girls basketball teams competed at regionals in Nelson. Our senior netball girls went to the South Island Secondary Schools tournament in Timaru and our Junior netball girls won their division in Christchurch.”
Samantha continues by saying “We are more than happy for the general public and community groups to use our facilities outside of school hours. This includes our outside playing areas, sports fields, and gym. If more groups are interested, please contact us at the school. Our vision is to be the heart of learning in our thriving community and to thrive in learning we need to ensure that everyone’s hauora (wellbeing) is positive. Hauora along with our other ARCH values (Akoranga, Respect, Community, and Hauora) lie at the core of everything we do.”
First established as a technical high school in 1923, Greymouth High School is now one of two post-primary schools in Greymouth and the largest school on the West Coast.