Building something special
Acting principal Melissa Gould and assistant principal Barbara McCarty in the hallway of Rochester Secondary College’s new building.
BARBARA McCarty can hardly wipe the smile off her face.
After years of dreams and community blood, sweat and tears, the first stage of Rochester Secondary College’s brand new wing is almost completed.
And, walking through the rapidly developing building, the assistant principal can hardly believe it’s real.
‘‘It’s surreal seeing it come together. For a long time nothing happened, then suddenly this beautiful building started emerging,’’ she said.
Stage one of the $5 million project is finally at lock-up stage, with the roof, windows, internal walls and all services completed.
The majority of brickwork, external verandas and the seating area have also been finished.
Which means it won’t be long before students and staff can settle into their pristine new space.
‘‘We’re set to move into the new art and science spaces at the end of this term,’’ Barbara said.
‘‘The start of term four will see teaching and learning take place in the new building.
‘‘It’s happened a bit quicker than expected, the builders have been very efficient.’’
The second stage of the development will begin in the third-term holidays, with the demolition of the second half of the old wing and the beginning of construction of the general purpose classrooms and new toilets.
The second stage should be completed by the end of term one in 2019.
Barbara said the addition had been a long time coming.
‘‘The old building was getting run down and was particularly damaged from the floods, to the point where it was just not usable any more,’’ she said.
‘‘But now our current and future students can look forward to an exciting and versatile new facility to learn in.’’
Stage one will include two new art rooms, a photography and darkroom facility, two science rooms, general-purpose physics and math spaces, a computer pod and three breakout spaces. Stage two will consist of four flexible learning spaces.
■ Assistant principal Barbara McCarty, site foreman Terry Jones and acting principal Melissa Gould.