by ROWENA OREJANA
WELLINGTON — Our Lady of Rosary School will formally open and have blessed its new classroom blocks on April 6.
Catholic Schools Board Limited Operations Manager Corinne
Richdale said the classrooms have been built to the to new Ministry
of Education design standards for “Modern Learning Environments”.
This means they allow children to use wireless devices such as
iPads and laptops reliably and effectively.
They also have open spaces with breakout areas, kitchen wet areas, exposed beams, excellent acoustics, natural light and soft
The old classroom block built in 1948 was demolished after it was
assessed by engineers as “earthquake prone”.
“The cost to strengthen and modernise the old block was not
considered to be cost effective or the best use of the limited funding available,” Ms Richdale said.
She said the new classrooms reflect “a prudent and strategic decision given the demographics and projected future growth for
Our Lady of the Rosary is an integrated Catholic school from years
1 to 8. As of October last year, the school roll was 224.
“The classrooms will not only benefit all the current children at
Our Lady of the Rosary but will also allow the effective delivery of quality Catholic Education in the area to continue well into the future.”