New block has kids jumping for joy

MORE SPACE: From left, Kris Joyce, 12, ntsGfrom left,nte Liam Mills, 12, Ben Fitzgibbon, 13, Oscar Taylor, 11,  and Jordan Varga, 11, can look forward to modern learning facilities with the building of new classrooms at Francis Douglas Memorial College.
MORE SPACE: From left, Kris Joyce, 12, ntsGfrom left,nte Liam Mills, 12, Ben Fitzgibbon, 13, Oscar Taylor, 11, and Jordan Varga, 11, can look forward to modern learning facilities with the building of new classrooms at Francis Douglas Memorial College.

A million-dollar building project is under way at Francis Douglas Memorial College to cope with its roll growth.

Work on the three new science labs and two arts classrooms will start next week.

The school's aim is to have the buildings completed by term one next year.

The school has four science labs but two will be decommissioned once the new ones are completed.

The projects mark the first major development for the school since its technology block was built 10 years ago.

FDMC's roll has risen from 700 to 780 over the last decade.

The new classrooms, financed by the college's operator, the De La Salle Brothers, are estimated to cost more than $1 million.

Principal Martin Chamberlain said the lack of space meant the school had to be "very clever" about how it used its classrooms.

"There were times in the week where there was absolutely no spare classrooms in the school, which made timetabling very hard to do," he said.

Teachers were always moving to different classrooms for their lessons.

The new classrooms would ease the pressure and will provide students with modern learning facilities, Chamberlain said.

Pepper Construction has been contracted to carry out the development.

Taranaki Daily News