Rising roll brings school new block

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 07:27 16/12/2013

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Construction has begun at Redwoodtown School of a new three-classroom block to accommodate roll growth.

Principal Gary Hildyard said the "modern learning environment" would should be ready for use midway through term one in February.

"We've got 320 [pupils] at the moment, so in the last couple of years [the roll] has grown by over 50," he said.

Growth had been so fast-paced that the school had been forced to enforce a zone-based enrolment scheme to limit overcrowding.

The new classrooms would include break-out spaces for the students, which encourage independent learning and small group work, sliding doors between classrooms, and toilet facilities.

Marlborough District Council granted consent for the building in November, and the new work was valued at $500,000.

The new block would be used by the year 7 and 8 pupils, Mr Hildyard said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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