Classroom block nearly finished

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 06/03/2014

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Builders are hard at work getting Winton School's new classroom block finished before its grand opening next term.

The $400,000 project will create much-needed space at the school, providing for two extra classes to keep up with a growing roll.

Winton School principal Steve Wadsworth said the full primary school had experienced significant roll growth in past months, and this was projected to continue until about 2016.

After a rough count of preschoolers last year showed new pupils would exceed the school's capacity, Mr Wadsworth had approached the Ministry of Education about acquiring more space, he said.

Funding had then been provided for the new learning block.

The classrooms would be more than the "normal rectangle", functioning as modern learning environments with spaces for group work and a wet area for activities like painting, Mr Wadsworth said.

Initial work on the new block began before Christmas, with the roof scheduled to be added to the block this week, he said.

One of the classrooms will be put to use at the beginning of next term, while the final classroom will open in term three.

By the end of this year, Mr Wadsworth expected the school would grow to between 295 and 300 pupils, requiring two extra teachers to manage the influx of new entrants.

The school had also been given funding to transform the remaining classrooms into modern learning environments, which would begin after the new block was completed, he said.

 

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