South Auckland primary school committed to free stationery for all

February 04, 2021

A father of three children at Flatbush Primary School will now be able to open up a saving account, thanks to the school board stepping in and providing free stationery.

Junior Maruaao

Junior Maruaao says it’s been a long-time dream to save a little bit of money, but two years in a row of free stationery has eased a lot of burden off him.

“I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you to Flatbush Primary School and everyone for helping out with stationery and food. It helps me a lot.”

Litia Ainoa, a mother of three also feels grateful for the continuous support from the school, saying it’s been a major help. 

Litia Ainoa

“They are supporting us with free lunches and also free stationery. That is a major help,” she says.

Ainoa says it’s been a financial struggle for her but is grateful for the amount of support she’s received from her Flatbush community.

Around 450 students at the school received free stationery to kick start their academic journey for 2021.

Banapa Avatea, the School Principal says it’s their second year of committing to free stationery for all students, something the school board wishes to continue long term.

“Free stationery was one of the things that we could be involved in so we chose to start that in 2020. We’ve committed ourselves to continue that in 2021 and for the foreseeable future,” he says.

This year the school is also taking part in the Ministry of Education free healthy lunch programme.

Avatea hopes students will make good use of the opportunity while it’s yet to be confirmed whether it will be an ongoing programme.

Although literacy and numeracy are at the forefront of the school's teaching, Avatea believes the school's motto of ‘Success for All’ reflects all students's achievements. 

“Success for All is not just for academic only but also for other areas like sports, arts, culture, dance, drama you name it.”

With parents and teachers' strong support and love for the school, Avatea says he’s looking forward to an uninterrupted academic year.

Year 4 students with their free stationery at Flatbush Primary School with Principal, Banapa Avatea.