WHEN the Parents and Teachers Board of Veiuto Primary School took over the management of the institution, school amenities left much to be desired.
But they have taken ownership of the school and its problems and with yesterday's fundraising drive — Veiuto Fun Day — are well on their way to addressing key issues with the school infrastructure.
Having already addressed some of the issues, the PTA board says it is looking to move further and work on fences for the new extension to the school.
"In the last 15 years the school maintenance has not been up to par so with this particular event we will be able to put aside money to renovate the school," Veiuto Primary School representative Timaima Vulimailaucala said.
"Since it was given to us it was almost falling apart."
She said the four school houses — gold, green, red and blue — all aimed to raise $8000 each, up from last year's fun day aim of $7000 each for the school's capital projects.
She said their next major project involved ensuring the security of the students.
"We have just done an extension at the back and we would like to fence it off because it is exposing the kids to the public from Corpus Christi and also Suva Grammar.
"This is just so we are able to keep them within the school facility."
"And the other one is the water pipes and electricity, just to have a look at the load that we have and just to prevent any future fires or anything.
"Right now we are looking at $15,000 to take care of water and electricity alone and another $15,000 for fencing and maintenance of the road"
Mrs Vulimailaucala said ever since the PTA board took over the running of the school they faced difficulty with sponsorship for school projects but added they would look to work with NGO's to change this.