Shirley Boys home at last

Last updated 16:51 13/09/2011
Harry Clark
Kirk Hargreaves

Harry Clark, 13, back at the old school grounds.

Shirley Boys
Kirk Hargreaves
Shirley Boys are back in their old classrooms.

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Shirley Boys' High School pupils have returned to their North Parade site, for the first time in 26 weeks.

The school has been taking the afternoon shift at Papanui High School since March after the February earthquake damaged buildings and grounds at the school.

More than $2 million has been spent making the school safe for pupils and staff.

Eight portable buildings have been put on-site. Three would be used as classrooms, two for guidance counsellors and deans and another three have been joined to form a library.

Some classrooms in one of the newest blocks have been converted into an administration space.

Year 9 pupil Hayden Kleiss, 14, said it was good to be back at Shirley because he was starting to get a bit tired of being at Papanui, where he was not getting home until 6.30pm.

Principal John Laurenson said it was difficult to put into words how he felt about being back on site.

"When you return home after being away for a long's very special.''

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