Rangiora’s Fernside School to get extra classrooms
Students at a Canterbury school were today excited to hear that their school will be getting additional classrooms to accommodate roll growth.
Around $750,000 will go towards building 2 new classrooms at Fernside School, which first opened its doors in 1886.
Principal David Taylor says the school’s students were excited to hear the news at a full school assembly today.
“Parents are equally as pleased,” Mr Taylor says. “This gives our rural school an opportunity to modernise.
“The parents see this as an opportunity for their children to get the best learning facilities available, in a positive learning environment.”
Mr Taylor says the additional spaces will ensure all children will have access to appropriate classroom facilities.
“We will be able to welcome all new entrants into new classrooms rather than adapting spaces such as the school library.”
The new classrooms at Fernside School are part of the second round of investments in new classrooms under Budget 2016.
Budget 2016 provides $882.5 million for school property, including 480 new classrooms to meet roll growth.
The first round of investments was announced in May and June this year. That saw 21 new roll growth classrooms announced for Canterbury schools.
More announcements as part the second round of investments in roll growth classrooms will be made over the coming weeks, and a third round of investments is expected to be announced in February next year.
Mr Taylor says the Fernside School Board of Trustees hopes to confirm the placement of the new classrooms and their floor plan by mid-November.
“All things going to plan we would hope to have students in their new classrooms for Term 3 2017.”
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