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June, 2020

Plans are afoot for an almost total rebuild of Queenstown Primary
The Robins Road schools working on a 10-year masterplan in which the
only buildings to survive would be the hall and the intermediate and
junior blocks which, as principal Fiona Cavanagh says, were both built
this century.
About nine relocatable classrooms would be replaced by 15 classrooms
in two-storey blocks.
Its going to be amazing, and its going to be purpose-built for an
alpine environment.
Citing single-glazed, thin-walled relocatable classrooms where you can
just about peel off the exterior cladding, Cavanagh says the 45-year-
old, 635-pupil school needs modernising.
Its sort of been the ugly duckling.
The masterplans being prepared by a design team in Christchurch,
engaged by the Ministry of Education.
Once thats nailed down, a business case will then be put to the
government for approval, she explains.
Were hoping the first stage will happen within the next 18 months to
two years.
However, she says the schools unaware of what budget, timeframe or
extent of development will be approved.
Meanwhile, Queenstown Primary received a one-off $400,000 property
grant from the government late last year which itll use to take out the
front bank and make a major entranceway.
During the last summer holidays, Cavanagh says a significant sum was
spent on the playing field, which kids should be able to play on this
Drainage works also underway.
And later this year, a giant rope spider frame will be installed.
That was fundraised by the schools Parent Teacher Association to the
tune of almost $80,000.

Source: Mountain Scene


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