Classrooms were ‘sorely needed’

Vision realised . . . Opihi College acting principal Tony Robson stands beside a sculpture in the new classroom block. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

by Helen Holt

Opihi College has been preparing to open its new classrooms this week.

The school now has a new science lab, nine new classrooms and a wharenui.

Fresh experiments . . . The newly unveiled science lab at Opihi College.

The buildings were due to be opened with a ceremony yesterday with a powhiri and speeches. They will be ready for showing at the school’s open day next term.

Acting principal Tony Robson said the new buildings were five years in the making.

“These buildings were sorely needed for the school. And they will not only benefit the students, but the wider community.”

The buildings have been needed since the large block of classrooms was knocked down, and the school has been using temporary classrooms in the meantime.

Mr Robson said work was under way to replace another block of classrooms and refurbish the music block.

“The only parts of the school that will remain the same will be the school hall and the gym.”

Finishing touches . . . Site foreman Paul Freeman installs edging on an access ramp to the new buildings.