Expanding: Shotover Primary School principal Ben Witheford

Work’s begun on the third and final stage of Queenstown’s Shotover Primary School.

Brosnan Construction has started on the earthworks for a 1428 square metre building, running along the school’s northern boundary, which will expand the school’s capacity from 650 to 900 students.

Principal Ben Witheford says it will accommodate two-and-a-half learning habitats – equivalent to 10 classrooms.

It will also have a “less daunting” space for new entrants aimed at easing them into school life, a dedicated radio station studio and a TV/video suite.

The project, expected to be completed by November, also includes a new 14-space staff carpark.

Witheford says the school’s roll’s sitting on 510, and although its growth is determined by unpredictable residential development, he expects it’ll take several years to reach capacity.

In other school building projects, Arrowtown Primary’s in the middle of an $11 million redevelopment to address its leaky building issues, while an expansion of Wakatipu High School is in the final planning stages.

A primary school for up to 600 pupils at Hanley’s Farm is expected to open in 2022.