Old classrooms to have new look

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 10:42 20/08/2014
timaru temuka st joseph's reagan jamieson kahu tuite maya hewson amber gillies
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DEMO STAGE: St Joseph's Temuka pupils Reagan Jamieson, Kahu Tuite, Maya Hewson and Amber Gillies eagerly watch the builders during the demolition stage of the renovations which have started at the school.

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St Joseph's Temuka is getting a class room facelift.

The brick classroom is getting reclad for earthquake strengthening and another two classrooms are being upgraded to allow for more modern and flexible teaching, principal Bernie Leonard said.

The new classrooms will also be better suited to accommodating the quickly increasing roll.

The old porch had been removed and will be replaced. There will also be sliding glass doors added, which makes for better indoor-outdoor classroom flow.

Work started two weeks ago and is currently in the demolition stage.

During the renovation process, children's lessons have been moved to make- shift classrooms in local halls and other venues near the school.

Leonard said the school had been lucky gaining the use of community facilities, however, it involved travelling between the school and the other venues. "We're hoping for lots of fine weather."

There has also been a lot of community interest, with people seeing the scaffolding and asking "what's happening", Leonard said.

The renovations should "hopefully" be finished at the beginning of term four.

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- The Timaru Herald

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