Young pupils eye new classroom

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Sense of anticipation ... Kaiapoi North School's youngest pupils are excited at the prospect of moving into a new classroom at the end of the month. PHOTO: DAVID HILL

By DAVID HILL

Kaiapoi North School’s two-year wait for a new classroom block is nearly over.

The school’s new entrant/year 1 pupils are looking forward to moving into their new classrooms, which replace a block of two classrooms destroyed by arson in November 2018.

Principal Jason Miles says the classrooms will be officially opened with a Maori blessing tomorrow, with the children due to move in on Friday, October 30.

“The children are very excited to see that new space finally completed. It’s been a long time watching that being constructed, so it will be good to finally enjoy it.”

Brosnan Construction has been working on the project and Mr Miles says the firm has done an amazing job.

“They’ve had a few challenges along the away, but they’ve done a great job to get it ready this term.”

The new classrooms are “beautifully set up”, with two separate class spaces, shared areas, a kitchen area, art space, and a veranda for outdoor learning and activities, Mr Miles says.

The 36 new entrant/year 1 pupils and two teachers have been operating from a temporary classroom block, which will be removed from the school during summer.

The ground underneath will be regrassed and turned back into a play area.