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Police are making inquiries after separate incidents at Alexandra Primary School and its Out of School Care programme in the past week.

A staff member was subjected to abuse from youths passing by, windows were broken with rocks on Wednesday and a classroom burgled overnight on Saturday, during which a mountain bike and some teaching aids were taken.

Kath Martin, who runs the holiday programme, said that last Wednesday two youths walking past the school abused one of her young male staff members, and she later saw the same youths in the school grounds and asked them why they were there.

They claimed a basketball on the school grounds was theirs, Mrs Martin said.

“I talk to every person that comes on site,” she said.

“It’s all about keeping the kids safe.”

The same two youths returned to the school grounds the following day, at which stage Mrs Martin called the police.

Separately, last Wednesday night, windows were broken in a classroom being used by the out of school programme.

Principal Fiona Mackley said safety glass required as a replacement had to be ordered in, so the windows were covered in plastic as an interim measure.

In the early hours of Sunday, neighbours noticed a light on in a classroom and called police, who discovered a break-in overnight, Mrs Mackley said.

A mountain bike belonging to a holiday programme staff member and four robotic balls, used by the school for teaching basic programming, were taken.

Being in the centre of town, a lot of people used the school as a thoroughfare, but “[we] would like them to also use our school values of manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga and responsibility”, Mrs Mackley said.

Police were investigating, a spokeswoman said.