Kelburn Normal School to be strengthened

Kelburn Normal School faces EQ work

Last updated 15:39 18/09/2012
Kelburn Normal School
Maarten Holl
Kelburn Normal School pupils will be moving into temporary classrooms as their school is earthquake strengthened.

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Students at Kelburn Normal School are being moved out of their classrooms into temporary buildings as earthquake strengthening work is carried out.

The Education Ministry is funding seismic strengthening work at the school and some classes are being moved while that is being carried out.

Principal Justine McDonald said up to six relocatable classrooms would hopefully be in place by next term. This was necessary because of the noise associated with the seismic strengthening work.

''We aren't [earthquake] prone but there is work that has been identified that the Ministry is wanting to address in our main building.''

Those classes closest to the work would be moved but it was still not clear in which order that would happen.

Ms McDonald said the walls in the main building consisted of three layers and the interior brick layer needed to be replaced with concrete.

One condition of the work going ahead was that all resources currently available to students would still be in place.

This meant the temporary classrooms would need interactive whiteboards and wireless internet installed.

Ms McDonald said there would also be alarm systems, decking and ramps put in place.

Contact Shabnam Dastgheib
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