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The Vision Unfolds – Atawhai

The decision to build a new space for physical activity and well-being was a straightforward one. The old gym was over 40 years old, having been built in 1976 when the school roll was around 480 students. With a growing school roll and the projection of it reaching 700 students by 2022, the gym was not meeting the requirements of the school and the evolving needs of our girls.

The new facility ‘Atawhai’ has transform school life for our girls and the community. It is a multi-functional building offering maximum flexibility in the provision of physical and well-being activities. It also provides abundant space to come together as a school and wider community for assemblies, conferences, gala events and recitals whilst enhancing experiences for all users.

Rangi Ruru view of new building during the day

What is Project Blue Sky?

After the February 2011 earthquake, the Board of Governors decided not to replace buildings in an ad hoc manner, but to take the opportunity to redesign the whole school campus and to build a school designed around the needs of tomorrow’s female leaders. Project Blue Sky was born.

The decision to redesign and rebuild the school was a bold one but one that is already paying off. Our current students are reaping the benefits of an education with leading facilities. To date projects completed include the Gibson Centre, the Science Centre, Mana Wahine, the Art and Technology Building and the Performing Arts Building. A dedicated space for physical activity, sports, wellbeing and community will be the next project to be completed. It is time to continue unlocking the masterplan.

One person who made an extraordinary difference and who will be remembered for leaving a legacy that will benefit thousands of girls as well as our community is Old Girl, Elizabeth Reid. Elizabeth chose to celebrate her love for the school by leaving a significant bequest. Her gift became a foundation from which Atawhai, the sports and multi-purpose centre could grow.