School ex­pand­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By DANIELLE STREET

AN IN­NER-CITY school that strug­gled with a lack of classrooms has re­ceived gov­ern­ment fund­ing to build four more – hot on the heels of open­ing a new two-storey block last term.

Grey Lynn School prin­ci­pal Bill Barker has seen the roll ex­pand from just 85 stu­dents to about 360 dur­ing his 15 years in the job.

The school has also climbed from decile 2 to decile 7.

Mr Barker says the change is in­dica­tive of the area’s growth through gen­tri­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘In terms of roll growth we’re talk­ing about 30 kids a year at the mo­ment,’’ he says.

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the new emony block.

Also in at­ten­dance was as­so­ci­ate min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion Nikki Kaye.

Ms Kaye pub­licly an­nounced the school has re­ceived fund­ing for a fur­ther four classrooms.

A board-funded school hall will also be con­structed at the same time to economise on build­ing costs.

Plan­ning work will get un­der way shortly, with the build­ing project due to be fin­ished in early 2015, Ms Kaye says.

‘‘Grey Lynn School is a fast grow­ing in­ner-city school, and th­ese new classrooms and hall will mean they will have more space to ac­com­mo­date ris­ing stu­dent num­bers in mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.’’

Pho­tos: DANIELLE STREET

Fresh fa­cil­i­ties: Grey Lynn School prin­ci­pal Bill Barker stands in front of the new eight-class­room block.

Good out­look: The two-storey block stands on the edge of the school’s for­est and has a look­out point.

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