The fire that destroyed four classrooms and a library at
Kapiti Coast's oldest school is "devastating", the principal
Paraparaumu School principal Steven Caldwell told TV One's
Breakfast this morning his main concern was the children.
"My main concern is the children, making sure they know that
Paraparaumu School will be open as soon as we can get it open
and that they will be able to come back to school.
"It's going to be really hard on those kids, they've lost
The school was closed today, and would remain closed until
Mr Caldwell told the programme the school had lost four
junior blocks and a library completely, and other classrooms
had cracked windows from heat exposure and smoke damage.
The fire had also impacted on plans for a 125 year
celebration later in the year, he said.
All of the archival photos were lost in the fire.
"We had folders and folders of photos in the library, going
back 125 years, it is the oldest school on the Kapiti Coast.
"It's a pretty iconic school on the coast and it is