Library on schedule

01:51, Nov 15 2012
makirikiri
FRAMEWORK: The new library under construction at South Makirikiri School in Marton.

Next year South Makirikiri School pupils will enjoy a library fit for modern learning.

The new building under construction at the school is expected to be finished in six weeks and will open officially at the start of the next school year.

"It's going to be a lovely space," said principal Ben Ward-Smith.

The building will be made up of a library room that will house mobile bookshelves, technology areas and comfortable spaces for pupils to read.

With no previous library, the building is a welcome addition to the Rangitikei primary school.

Sections for arts and a kitchen will make up the rest of the building that sits next to the school hall.

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"It gives us huge access to a multi-purpose space," Mr Ward-Smith said.

The school was hoping to introduce technology such as electronic tablets for senior pupils next year.

The new library space would help accommodate some of that learning.

Mr Ward-Smith said it was about ensuring the school was prepared for the future.

"It adds a whole new dimension to what the kids can do.

"It's a big step for us next year."

The library building follows improvements to classrooms last year and is part of the school's five-year property plan, with improvements funded by the Ministry of Education.

Mr Ward-Smith said the whole school would benefit from the library project.

"It's a tremendous asset for the school."

Manawatu Standard