Prime Minister John Key meets Kaikorai Valley College principal Rick Geerlofs (left) and board of trustees chairman Mark Rogers yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
For more than 50 years, the administration block at Kaikorai
Valley College has remained almost untouched, with funding
priorities directed to classrooms and equipment for pupils.
Yesterday, after a $1.4 million facelift, the school got the
ultimate touch of approval when the school's "A Block" was
officially opened by Prime Minister John Key.
Mr Key was delighted to cut the ribbon opening the new
administration block, and said the school's new uniform made
him feel instantly at home because it reminded him of the
uniform at his former high school in Christchurch.
The administration block has remained unaltered since it was
built in 1958, but thanks to a grant from the Ministry of
Education, a new main entrance was created at the north end
of the present building, which has made the school's main
entrance much more obvious.
Board of trustees chairman Mark Rogers said the school's
entrance was previously hidden away and was very hard for
visitors to find.
However, the new facility had remedied the situation, and it
was hoped it would help to "rebrand" the school.
Many of the offices, guidance room and sick bays were
relocated, and new toilets were installed for the school
A new kitchen was built to serve the hall and the staffroom
refurbished, with more work space for teachers.