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Lyall Bay School’s new classrooms on track for better learning

May 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

ALMOST THERE: The first of two new class rooms being built

LYALL BAY School’s youngest pupils will soon be learning in bright and airy new classrooms – the first one should be ready in a couple of weeks.

The school’s old junior block was demolished to make way for the two $700,000 buildings which will house the classrooms.

Year 1 and 2 pupils have been shuffled around to accommodate for the construction, which has been fairly noisy and dusty.

“Short pain for long gain” is how headmaster Dennis Thompson describes the situation. “This has been a massive building project and we’re hoping it will all be done by the end of this year.”

LONG GAIN: Lyall Bay School headmaster Dennis Thompson

The school sourced $300,000 from community grants, fundraising and accumulated funds for the project and the Ministry of Education contributed $2.3 million.The two new classrooms, with accompanying group rooms and activity areas, are being built around the perimeter of the school boundary and so have created an enlarged playing area, which be covered in astroturf.

Building the school around its landlocked boundaries “will get us double the playground space”, says My Thompson.

He says the school roll is 419 at present, 30 more pupils than last year’s numbers, which were already high, so the alterations are timely.

Mr Thompson is pleased that the work has so far come in under budget and to deadlines. “We’ve got a fantastic team here; we are lucky to have them.”

Mr Thompson says he is also grateful for the patience of teachers, parents, pupils and neighbours.

Concrete has been poured for the foundations of the second building, which is expected to be completed by the end of year.

COOL SCHOOL: First of the two modern classrooms


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