On the move: These relocatable classrooms, pictured in the foreground at Wakatipu High, are about to move to Queenstown Primary. PICTURE: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

The days are numbered for a bunch of ‘‘haggard, ragged’’ classrooms at Queenstown Primary School.

Three years ago Mountain Scene reported plans were afoot for an almost total rebuild of the Robins Road school, which caters to about 600 kids, as part of the school’s 10-year masterplan.

Board of trustees property rep Richie Heap confirms wheels will finally start turning to modernise the 48-year-old school this week.

The initial work, starting Thursday, will include fencing and earthworks before 10 relocatable classrooms are shifted from Wakatipu High School, where they’ve been used during the stage 2 development, to their new, permanent home.

‘‘They’re pretty amazing, really,’’ Heap says.

‘‘I thought ‘relocatables’ sound very temporary, but they’re quite an amazing structure, actually.

‘‘They’ll bolt together, they’ll come complete with decking around the outside, heating and we can … segment some of the buildings, or put them together — a bit like Lego.’’

The relocatables should be on site by the end of next month, and the goal’s to have them ready for occupation by November, after which the existing single-glazed, thin-walled classrooms ‘‘that wind blows through’’ will be bowled.

‘‘It’s replacing the old with a new, modern … warm version, because it’s long overdue,’’ Heap says.

Additionally, the school’s soon to start fundraising to build a new playground.

That’s because QPS gave two of its classrooms up to accommodate an early childhood centre — moving from its former Stanley Street site — and that’s also absorbed the existing playground.

‘‘We’ve been fighting hammer and tong to get some stuff … we’ll have to replace it with something that’s nice for the kids,’’ he says.

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  • Additional reporting: Philip Chandler
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