School’s $400,000 makeover
Limehills School has begun the new term with a $400,000 makeover which has transformed the school.
Principal Jim Turrell said he was absolutely delighted with the redevelopment.
‘‘The building better helps us to organise children for their learning. It’s flexible, bright and modern and the kids love it.
‘‘We’ve completely redesigned the building, as opposed to a likefor-like refurbishment and we’re very pleased with it.’’
The redevelopment included a new purpose-built wet area for art and play, relined walls and new ceilings, improved lighting, several new break-out spaces and a teacher office space.
New sliding doors between the four classrooms also allowed teachers to work together in bigger groups, or with a handful of students in a smaller setting.
Earthquake strengthening was also undertaken.
‘‘It better reflects how we teach children today.
‘‘Our curriculum design is all about the child, not the teacher or the building.
‘‘The flexible spaces help us to better meet the needs of our learners and they are fabulous places to work and learn.’’
The redevelopment had been enthusiastically received.
‘‘We’re lucky at Limehills to have some amazing teachers and teacher aides who do some fantastic work with our kids – now they share a modern learning environment which better meets their needs.’’
The four-month project hit a stumbling block early on when asbestos was discovered in the roof of the school.
Work to remove it and reline the ceilings was conducted over the summer school holidays when the students and staff were away, and redevelopment work was conducted in term one, Turrell said.
Half of the $230,000 Ministry of Education funding had to be diverted to cover the asbestos costs, which meant that the project was scaled back significantly.
However, the board of trustees contributed $50,000 from reserve funds and the Home and School Association added another $25,000 to ensure the revised project would still meet the requirements of a modern learning environment, he said.
‘‘They both stepped up to help us and we’re very thankful that they did. The Ministry of Education funding was also increased to meet the additional costs of asbestos removal.’’
Limehills School teacher aide Kerry Henderson works with Emma Gill, Makayla Marshall and Liam Hartley.