New buildings reflect school's roll growth

02:51, Feb 21 2014
Rob Lyall
Renwick School official opening of their new buildings from left deputy principal Robyn Lyall with her parents, past principal Rob Lyall and wife Pat Lyall in front of the new Rob Lyall Administration Block

Renwick School celebrated the official opening of new buildings on its campus yesterday.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman and past principal Rob Lyall opened three new classrooms, an administration block and a caretaker's shed yesterday.

Principal Simon Heath said he was excited about the new buildings and the future of the school.

"A fantastic, amazing investment like this has to bring about fantastic, amazing achievement," he said.

The school applied to the Ministry of Education for more classrooms because pupil numbers had increased. The school roll grew to 499 at the end of last year, up about 60 pupils from the 2010 roll. The school's staff also needed more office space.

The new administration block includes a bigger staffroom, a meeting room and offices. The new classroom block includes three junior classrooms, bathrooms and administration space for teachers, Mr Heath said.


Mayor Alistair Sowman said he was pleased to see the school growing and praised the school for its community consciousness.

"As a school you are part of the Renwick community and you are proud of that. That grows a school. If you carry on giving back to the community with projects like the community clean up day Renwick School will continue to grow," Mr Sowman said.

The new administration block was named after past principal Rob Lyall, who was principal at Renwick School from 1971 to 1987.

He was honoured to have the building named after him and glad he could be at the ceremony to see how the school has grown, he said.