SUVA Primary School's 10-year wait for a proper playing field was realized today after BSP handed over of a newly refurbished playground and hard court.
The Samabula based community project valued at $15,000 was made possible through BSP's financial backing which was also supported by the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association.
The children were not able to use the ground after it was closed off for OHS risk issues resulting from its dilapidated condition.
School Assistant Head Teacher Mrs Litia Daulakeba said the school students, parents and staff are very grateful for the funding assistance given by the Bank and volunteer efforts by their staff plus support from the school Board for the upgrading of the playing ground.
"Over the years the children have had recess and lunch breaks without a place to play and Physical Education teachers had to find alternative venues to hold their classes,'' Mrs. Daulakeba said.
She commended her student's resilience in maintaining their standard in sports despite being deprived of a proper facility to train in. Suva Primary students who represent the school at district or National competitions have had to use the school walkways or even the steps for their fitness training until now.
Twelve boys and 24 girls from the school will represent Suva in kaji rugby and netball finals scheduled for this weekend.
"This BSP gift will go a long way in helping the children enjoy a holistic school experience and protect them from any further risks when using alternative venues,'' she added.
Handing over the completed project, BSP General Manager Human Resources and former school teacher, Howard Politini described the funding assistance as a neighbourly thing to do within the context of BSP's unique community projects programme. "Our Samabula Branch is the closest to any school and it put us in a convenient position to help," he said.
Mr Politini reaffirmed the BSP family values which drive the way we do business, Vanua and Community, Teamwork and People being the related values that drive us to give back to the communities that we serve in.
"Our Samabula sales & service center staff members with their families donated their own personal time to help with the completion of this project and we hope that our efforts will help foster good relations, team work through sports and other great values that enrich our children while they're at school," he concluded.
BSP is delighted to have donated $10,000 to the school boards originally collected fund of $5,000 to enable this critical project reach fruition.
The school has a roll of 320 students and 9 teachers and is reliant on Government grants.
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