Pupils find happy space

By Liz Wylie

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WELCOME: St John's Hill School principal Michael Fitzgerald holds the ribbon being cut by Amy Benadie and William Herd. PHOTO/BEVAN CONLEY
WELCOME: St John's Hill School principal Michael Fitzgerald holds the ribbon being cut by Amy Benadie and William Herd. PHOTO/BEVAN CONLEY

St John's Hill School celebrated the opening of their new learning space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

The bright, open space has replaced two classrooms and Year 4 and Year 5 pupils will have options for classroom and self-directed learning.

The pupils who formerly occupied rooms 3 and 4, have been working in the school hall this term with teachers Jan Pickett and Annette Chapman and principal Michael Fitzgerald praised their patience and co-operation.

He also thanked architects James Cross and Gerald Cogan, who have designed the space to be pleasing to children while incorporating environmentally friendly materials which fit with the school's status as an enviro-school.

"I also want to thank our forefathers who built this school in 1929," he said.
Along with the refurbishment, the 87 year-old building has been strengthened and insulated.

William Herd and Amy Benadie had their names drawn from a hat to perform the honour of cutting the ribbon at the opening, which was attended by a number of parents and community members.

Mr Fitzgerald said the school has recently bought 150 chrome books and was buying 60 tablets to assist students with digital learning.

A further two classrooms will be refurbished in 2018

- Wanganui Chronicle

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