Sports shed opened after transformation

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Te Tipua school has transformed its former swimming pool building into a spacious indoor play area.

The school’s new sports shed was officially opened on Friday.

The repurposed former swimming pool area provided plenty of space for pupils to play when the weather was less than pleasant, principal Jenny Mockford said.

Birds had got into the unused pool building and created a big mess.

The repurposing of the building started in 2015 when Te Tipua won the ITM Cup “Because We Love it Here” schools competition.

Pupils collected the most stickers among participating schools in the region from ITM Cup home games at Rugby Stadium in Invercargill.

The win resulted in a $10,000 working bee.

Creative flourish .This tui in a kowhai is part of a huge mural created by Gore’s Marty Grounds.

“It was a real community effort.”

The whole project cost $43,000 and Regan Dickison Building worked on the project, she said.

Marty Grounds, of Sign It Signs in Gore, painted the giant mural on the interior wall.

The mural depicted the story of Matamata a Taniwhawith the Hokonui Hills.

Graffiti artist Deow also created some murals in the sports shed.

Not only did the refurbished shed provide a place to play, it also contained large storage cupboards for sports equipment, Mrs Mockford said.

The school has 45 pupils.