Work has begun to convert the open wedge-shaped ''void'' between two of Remarkables Primary School's existing teaching pods into a new classroom for the start of 2014. Photo by James Beech
The Ministry of Education is confident the conversion of an
empty space between classroom blocks into an extra classroom
at Remarkables Primary School will ease pressure from rising
pupil numbers ''in the short term''.
Contractors have begun transforming the wedge-shaped void on
the first floor of the crescent-shaped classroom block into a
''flexible teaching space''.
Tenders were advertised in June and the first building
inspection took place last week.
The ministry expected the new facility to be finished by the
end of the year, and pupils would be using it by the start of
The $17.3 million school welcomed its first pupils in
February 2010. It was designed for up to 460 pupils, but
taught a record 508 last term.
''We're committed to working with Remarkables Primary School
to ensure staff and students have the space they
infrastructure service head Kim Shannon said.
''We are working to provide additional teaching spaces, which
will support increased pupil numbers until a new primary
school opens at Shotover.
''We have moved some recently refurbished temporary
classrooms on to the school site, which provides two more
''We regularly work with communities to provide extra
classroom capacity where there is population growth. This is
achieved by using existing buildings, building new
classrooms, relocating temporary facilities and, where
required, new schools to meet the demand of increased school
Chairwoman Fiona Woodham said the school board of trustees
was delighted to see work under way and looked forward to
being able to use the new space next year.
It was also appreciated the contractors were working through
the school holidays to avoid disrupting lessons, Ms Woodham
''It will help, but we know we need that extra space.
''It will be part of the new configuration of the school,''
Ms Woodham said.
''The board is in the process of looking at which classes and
which pods are going into which spaces, so it's good to know
we'll have that additional space in the mix.''