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Construction work will begin next month on the $5.54 million redevelopment of Kaiapoi North School, following a sod turning event at the site on Friday, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

“This is an exciting phase of the project for the Kaiapoi North School community as they look forward to some great learning spaces,” Doocey said.

The sod-turning, in the same week as the announcement of an extra $6.6 million investment into Kaiapoi High School, reinforced investment into Kaiapoi’s educational facilities and would be welcomed by families, the MP added.

The MP joined guests for a sod-turning ceremony on Friday to celebrate the start of construction.  The school’s redevelopment will include the construction of two new teaching blocks consisting of six flexible learning spaces and the refurbishment of four teaching blocks, the library and gymnasium.

“Everyone involved in the redevelopment is committed to working together in the best interests of the Kaiapoi North School students,” Doocey said. Doocey acknowledged the work of the principal, Board of Trustees, teachers and students, and the wider community in preparing for the redevelopment.

The four teaching blocks including the library are scheduled to be completed in April 2017 with the rest of the redevelopment to be completed by July 2017. The redevelopment will deliver 24 teaching spaces, 12 of them new.

“As with any school redevelopment, the focus at Kaiapoi North School will be on creating an innovative learning environment, including flexible learning spaces that can support different ways of teaching and learning,” Doocey said.

The sod-turning showed the progress of the $1.137 billion Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, set-up to rebuild or redevelop 115 schools in greater Christchurch, Doocey added.


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