A secondary school in Christchurch is on track to almost double its school list within 10 years after the government announced funding for new classrooms.
Wigram MP and Housing Secretary Megan Woods attended Hillmorton High School on Wednesday to announce support for five new temporary classrooms to accommodate the increased role.
Woods said $ 20 million would be invested in Canterbury, Tasman and the West Coast, creating 17 new classrooms as well as rapid tracking of four new shovel-ready projects.
Ten years ago, Hillmorton High School’s roll dropped below 600 when the Christchurch earthquake saw 5,000 students leave the city, but now it was one of the fastest growing and was expected to increase its roll to 1,100 students.
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Principal Ann Brokenshire says a combination of new homes in Christchurch’s south – west suburbs and work to address school enrollment zones has contributed to the school’s growth.
In addition to the five new temporary classrooms, a planned sports center would also be built, including two classrooms and a gym that also became a learning space, Brokenshire said Stuff.
“We have a very small year 13 year old leaving (and) we have a giant year nine and ten through.”
Roll growth was inevitable, she said.
“It’s a problem, but it’s a big problem to have.”
Board Chairman Duane Major, who has three children at the school, said communities should come together to provide good education for all.
“Today there is a sense that we are coming together to achieve that.”
Woods said there had been a “large” number of houses built in Halswell, Hoon Hay and Hillmorton, and Hillmorton High School was the school for this community.
Included in the $ 20 million financing Were four new shovel-ready projects, including the upgrading of Allenton School in Ashburton and the provision of new classrooms and the replacement of library and administration blocks and new classrooms at Golden Bay High School.
Other projects include improving weather tightness and condition issues at Karamea Area School on the west coast and renovating its technological block and hall, as well as replacing other buildings at Collingwood Area School in Tasman that are nearing the end of their lives.
Woods said the government was committed to delivering quality that fits learning environments and 100,000 new student places across the country by 2030.
Additional announcements would be made about investing in school property in the coming weeks, Woods said.
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