In the South
A four-year project at Blue Mountain College has finally come to fruition with the opening of a refurbished mathematics and science learning area.
The suite was funded by the Ministry of Education and officially opens tomorrow, much to the delight of staff and students.
Principal Lindy Cavanagh-Monaghan said everyone was in ''a state of high excitement'' for the official opening, although they had already been using the new area.
''As soon as we got sign off from safety people, teachers and students were tripping over each other to get in there.''
''They absolutely love it.''
The refurbishment includes two maths specialist rooms, two seminar rooms, office space and a spill-out area where students go to work individually, she said.
It was a big change from the previous setup, which had two basic classrooms and no seminar space, she said.
They used up five years' worth of their allocated ministry funding to get the project under way and consider it money well spent, she said.
The school had converted toilet and changing blocks to open up space because they had plenty of those amenities and not enough classroom space.Planning for the refurbishment began four years ago while construction started last year, she said.
''It's all within existing framedhworks. The building was already there, the space was already there, it's just been reconfigured,'' she said.
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