St Stephens looks to reopen in 2022
Historic Māori boys' boarding school St Stephens (Tipene) is closer to reopening at Bombay.
Twenty years after the school closed, its board has submitted a draft application to the Ministry of Education to become a special character school and will now put in a formal application to reopen in 2022 with 50 students. it already has a waiting list of 150 so plans to expand rapidly.
Former student and St Stephens School spokesperson Nathan Durie reunited with other former students both from the boys' boarding school and girls' school Queen Victoria School (Te Kura o Kuini Wikitoria) at Tatai Hono Marae in Auckland, to hear what agreement has been reached by trustee members of the school board.
"We're so thrilled that we've laid down our vision and they've supported our submission," Durie says.
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