BSP lifts standard of school playground facility

Date: 10 April 2015

The plight of children at Stella Maris School has won the hearts and minds of our Thomson Street Branch and E-Channels Retail Team who have combined to refurbish their timeworn basketball court.

They are the second now to get their community project approved early in this quarter and also the first to have a combined Branch and back office approach.

Work began last week at Samabula Primary School grounds which is the Samabula Branch Project. 

Stella Maris is one of the older primary schools in Suva and continues to provide holistic education to students of multi-ethnicities, domestic backgrounds, cultures and religions.

The school is managed by the Sisters of the Marist Society of Mary (SMSM) and is managed through a School Board comprising of religious and lay members. The school has a current (2015) roll 321 students with 10 teachers.

Staff involvement will be the Thomson St staff, E-channels staff, and ex-students in BSP and parents of current students who will assist with light work assigned by the contractor on given Saturdays.

Head of E-Channels Retail Je'an Bentley said the school banks with BSP and that, "fixing the deteriorating fence and re-sealing the basketball court s to show that we're here to support those that bank with us."  The court was built in 1977.

"It will allow the children to have a safer facility to play in and the impact of this is that other schools will move across to bank with us and increase our deposits. "The school has committed $6,000 alongside the $10,000 the Bank has allocated for this and that for us shows their commitment to get this done for the children,'' Je'an adds.