School gets new Court from BSP

New Court for Stella Marist School

Date: 15 September 2015

Barely a month after building a new school ground, the Bank has again delivered a new court for another school in need.

Barely a month after building a new school ground, the Bank has again delivered a new court for another school in need.

Surrounded by 300 cheering and happy children, BSP's Head of E-Channels Retail Je'an Bentley and BSP Thompson Street Branch manager Mohammed Arif handed over a newly refurbished Stella Maris Primary School basketball and volleyball court.

It was the end of the school's 10-year search for funds to repair the timeworn court built way back in 1977 when current Principal school Mrs Veronika Vanuaca was a student.

Stella Maris is one of the oldest primary schools in Suva.

The reception for the BSP representatives at the school for the hand over was one of great joy as school children have waited for many years to have a proper court to play on.

School Manager Sister Judith Moore SMSM said now they would be able to conduct proper training for their netball teams, and also develop student's skills during PE classes.

"We are very grateful for this, BSP has always been true to its core values which includes communities,'' Sister Judith said.

Mr Bentley told students at the gathering how BSP al-ways looked after its family, in this case Stella Maris was part of the BSP family as a customer.

"So when we heard of how children could no longer use the court because it was unsafe, we took it upon ourselves to make a brand new one again for them,'' he said.

Je'an said the school had been a loyal customer for the Bank and it was only right that they help out as they were part of the BSP Family.

"Every Saturday, we the staff have been here helping out the contractors and its feels very satisfying to see the end result and also how happy the children are to finally have a good proper court."

Mr Bentley and Mr Arif also donated assorted sports balls for the school during the handover ceremony.

Former students of the school include Pacific sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro and also top female sprinters Sisilia Seavula and Elenoa Sailosi.