Apii Te Uki Ou students have the benefit of a playground with an exceptional beachfront view and whale watching deck.
The outdoor play area that includes a volleyball court, flying fox and swings, opened officially last Friday.
With a current school roll of 215 children, the playground is a big hit with the kids.
Year 8 student Mila Lyon is happy with the colourful added features to the area.
“I like our playground and the flying fox is a lot of fun,” Lyon said. Her friends Georgia Brown and Moeana Mitchell agreed.
The girls all enjoy outdoor sports and look forward to their breaks playing volleyball, netball and relaxing on the whale watching deck.
Principal Mark Harris said committed parents worked tirelessly on the weekends to complete the school’s beach front recreation area.
“It has been a labour of love,” Harris said.
“We wanted to create something that the students would appreciate and like to play on.”
The chosen colours at the playground also have special meaning. They represent the previous locations of the school since its beginnings.
Red and black colours represent Puaikura where Apii Te Uki Ou’s first pre-school opened, black and white is for the Aotearoa centre, and shades of blue and yellow stands for Avatiu.
As the school roll grew, Te Uki Ou moved for the fourth time to Rangiura, finally settling in the village of Ngatangiia who is symbolised by the hues of maroon and orange.