Minibus offers Kaitangata pupils choice

Kaitangata Primary School pupils (from left) Martin (5), Jess (7) and Freddy Daumann (8) with Evan Anderson (6) and school principal Anneta Payne (driver window) have a reason to celebrate now the school has its own minibus to transport pupils. Photo: Sam
Kaitangata Primary School pupils (from left) Martin (5), Jess (7) and Freddy Daumann (8) with Evan Anderson (6) and school principal Anneta Payne (driver window) have a reason to celebrate now the school has its own minibus to transport pupils. Photo: Samuel White
Kaitangata Primary School now has its own minibus, much to the delight of staff and pupils.

School principal Anneta Payne said the school had previously relied on parents to get children to and from the school for events.

It had got to the point where a minibus was a necessity, as many parents were in the workforce and often could not take time off to help out.

Some parents also had children who attended after-school care in Balclutha and were unable to get there from the Kaitangata school, as similar services were not offered there.

''It's just providing choice,'' Mrs Payne said.

The new 11-seater minibus helped address those issues and would be driven by teachers.

Initially, the board of trustees had considered buying a second-hand bus, but a new one was ''more cost effective'', Mrs Payne said.

She was ''very excited'' about the new vehicle.

''It looks pretty smart.''

The bus was partially funded by The Trust Community Foundation and the board of trustees.

Mrs Payne said it cost about $60,000.

It meant pupils could attend events in Balclutha, such as sports days, that they had relied on parent support for in the past.

It also ensured those who wanted to attend Kaitangata from outside the town still could.

samuel.white@odt.co.nz

 

Comments

Kaitangata really does seem to be a community working in very positive ways to provide good reasons for people to live there.

It is also nice to see real evidence of community benefit from pokies funds. Something a lot of noisy people want to ignore.

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