School for the future
Buildings at secondary college are taking shape
BUILDING works at Rochester Secondary College are well underway, with stage one set to be ready for use in October.
Stage one of the $5 million project consists of two new art rooms along with a photography and dark room facility.
It will also include two science rooms, science preparation rooms and more general-purpose physics and math spaces.
A computer pod and three breakout spaces will make up the rest of stage one.
Stage two consists of four flexible learning spaces, which can be reconfigured depending on teacher preference.
A girls’ and boys’ toilet block will also complete stage two.
The stage two general purpose classrooms are expected to be ready for use in April next year.
Principal Bernie Altmann said it was exciting times for the school despite temporary inconveniences of the construction.
“Buildings alone don’t make great schools, but state-of-the-art facilities will support our strong educational culture both now and well into the future,” he said.
“We have had to squeeze in while the project is underway but students and staff have adapted very well to our cramped conditions knowing that new bright and airy conditions aren’t far away.”
Assistant principal Barbara Mc- Carty said the addition to the school was generating a lot of interest in the community.
“While the project is providing an air of enthusiasm and optimism to our school community, it has also created a great deal of interest from our primary feeder school neighbours,” she said.
“We hope it represents a positive for Rochester and district well into the future.”
Stage one of the building work is expected to be finished by October.