Revamp for primary


The Ministry of Education is forking out up to $700,000 to give a Queenstown school classroom block a mega makeover.

Plans are underway to upgrade a block at Queenstown Primary School, off Robins Road, with work expected to take place over the Christmas holidays.

The block houses more than 100 year 3 and 4 pupils across four classrooms.

Principal Fiona Cavanagh says it’s been a long process, but the project will be put out for tender “as soon as possible”.

Entirely funded by the ministry, the redevelopment will likely cost between $600,000-700,000.

“We want to do it well.”

The current block has a raft of issues, including single-glazing, thin carpet, and suffers from a lack of storage space.

“It’s not conducive to collab-orative teaching and learning,” Cavanagh says.

She describes the process of developing the upgrade plan as “very consultative”, with teachers heavily involved.

The new and improved block will also be what the education sector calls an Innovative Learning Environment.

That means open shared spaces, glass sliding doors between classrooms, better acoustics and better ventilation.

It’s based on two other classroom blocks that have already been upgraded at the school, Cavanagh says.

“It’s going to be great.”

The redevelopment is expected to take about seven weeks.

Cavanagh says any company putting its hand up for the tender will have to commit to having it wrapped up in that timeframe, to ensure it is ready in time for the start of the new school year in 2019.