St Clair School is nearing the end of its $1.8 million
five-year redevelopment programme, with the start of stage
Principal Richard Newton said stage two was an $820,000
project consisting of four replacement classrooms and the
redevelopment of two toilet blocks.
He said the project would increase the amount of space
available for collaborative pupil learning through the
extension of stage one, the school's extensive learning
atrium, which was completed in 2010.
''The project [stage two] is the final stage in the school's
five-year redevelopment programme, which aims to redevelop
the school's traditional design into an up-to-date and modern
Planning for stage 2 took more than 12 months and Mr Newton
was delighted construction was now under way.
It is expected to be completed by the end of June this year.
''It's wonderful. It's a long-term asset for the community
and a terrific environment for teachers and children to be
working in and learning in, besides all the possibility for
innovative curriculum work.
''It lends itself to a high level of collaboration between
children, and innovative approaches by teachers too, to the
way they use space.''
The project was designed by Philip Gilchrist Architect Ltd,
and Mr Newton said funding was provided by a combination of
Ministry of Education five-year funding and school funds.
Stage one was a $960,000 multi-use teaching and recreational
facility which was completed in October 2010.
It is a large learning atrium - named Manawanui (the big
heart) - which links the administration block and main
teaching wing, and is central to a fully functioning school
It will connect all of the school's classroom blocks and
provide a teaching and planning withdrawal space.
In effect, it created the ability to come from classrooms,
into the area to work together, he said.
''We're delighted that stage two is under way and we're
really looking forward to making use of it when it's