An artist's impression of the $1.25 million block of six
classrooms and library space to be built at Arrowtown
School from May. Photo supplied.
The new $1.25 million block of classrooms at Arrowtown
School will provide capacity for an extra 75 pupils from the
beginning of the 2015 school year, the Ministry of Education
The Otago Daily Times yesterday asked the ministry for an
update on the development of the block, as construction was
due to begin in September or October last year.
Head of education infrastructure Kim Shannon, of Wellington,
said the project began last September and ministry staff had
been working with the school to plan the work in a way to
''It was crucial the design plans were carefully reviewed to
ensure the building is robust and fit for the conditions in
Arrowtown and that it is constructed in the best position to
allow future infrastructure development at the school,'' Ms
''A review was completed in March 2014 and we are confident
the building will meet the very best quality and
Tenders would close on April 11 and the ministry expected
construction to begin in May, she said.
''The new classroom block should be ready for the beginning
of the 2015 school year. This is a relatively normal
timeframe for a project of this size and we want to make sure
the school is getting good quality teaching spaces for its
The ministry provided a further $305,000 to remove two
relocatable classrooms and place another relocatable
classroom on the site, which would remain to provide for a
roll increase of 25 pupils.
School principal Robin Harris said yesterday building consent
was being ''lodged as we speak'' and the planning stage
always took longer than first thought.
''It is quite a big process to work through, but it's still
this six-classroom block, including a larger space for the
library to be relocated, and modern learning environments of
open spaces,'' he said.
''It's going to be the centrepiece of the school.''
Mr Harris said there were about 470 pupils at Arrowtown
School. However, there were about 510 pupils by the end of
2013 and as many pupils are expected by the end of this year,
due to the intake of juniors.
''If the school population keeps growing as it is, then [the
block] will be needed over a period of three to five years.''