Craighead opens new hostel

22:06, Aug 21 2014
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IT'S OPEN: At the official opening of the new Craighead hostel are, from left, Anglican Bishop of Christchurch Victoria Matthews, board of proprietors chairwoman Phillipa Guerin, Alex and Susie Innes, Sophie Lightbourne and principal Lindy Graham.

The ribbon was cut and the doors officially opened at Craighead Diocesan's boarding hostel yesterday.

The improved Shand House was opened with a blessing from Canterbury Anglican bishop Victoria Matthews, while staff, pupils, parents, benefactors and old girls watched.

"It was amazing and I am really proud," board of proprietors chairwoman Phillipa Guerin said.

Shand House was closed for earthquake strengthening and partial demolition in March 2012 and 43 boarders were relocated to the school hall.

However, the Len Home wing, an addition built in 1990, had remained open.

The new building had a kitchen-lounge area on each floor, a flat screen television, bathrooms with under-floor heating and tinted windows.


Co-head boarder Georgie Fleming, 17, said it was nice to move into the new buildings.

"When we first moved in about four weeks ago the vomiting bug broke out and we were quarantined inside. We had to stay inside and we got to enjoy the new place and watch movies on the big screen tv.

"It was quite good timing, really."

Her mother, Karyn Fleming, said the new building was wonderful and it was nice to know that her daughter was staying somewhere that was of a high standard.

In March this year Craighead employed media personality and former politician Michael Laws to procure funds for the $3 million building, and a new gymnasium it hoped to build.

Guerin said he had been working away quietly.

The Timaru Herald