Cooking goes upmarket

FRESH COOKING: New Plymouth Girls’ High School year 13 food and nutrition students Chantelle Peters, 17,  left, and Kathleen Scott-Mead, 18, cook up a storm in their new classroom.
FRESH COOKING: New Plymouth Girls’ High School year 13 food and nutrition students Chantelle Peters, 17, left, and Kathleen Scott-Mead, 18, cook up a storm in their new classroom.

The doors were opened on three brand new teaching spaces at New Plymouth Girls' High School yesterday.

Textile technology and Food and Nutrition students got a taste of the $1.2 million development at the school after almost a year's worth of construction.

New Plymouth Girls' High School principal Jenny Ellis said the two new food rooms and one textile classroom would be a big improvement on the previous teaching space the students shared.

"The old building wasn't earthquake safe and we had to move the girls out so the board got on to it quickly and got a new building under development," she said.

"This was the first stage of the development but the rest has been put on hold by the Ministry of Education due to the Christchurch earthquakes and work being done down there."

Ms Ellis said the big move took place over the school holidays and students were thrilled to be the first to use it yesterday.

"The way it's been designed has also created a flexible ground space that is covered and opens out onto the school grounds," she said.

"It's real 21st century education at its best and we hope the space will be used for concerts and other events. The girls will nest and claim it like they do and the new space will develop on its own," Ms Ellis said.

More than 40 people including New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young and Mayor Harry Duynhoven took part in an official opening of the building at 7am yesterday.

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