Oamaru Intermediate School is getting two new classrooms to cater for its growing roll.
The Government announced last year it would invest more than $4.5 million in three schools in Otago and Southland as part of a $100 million commitment to provide 100,000 places for pupils by 2030.
Oamaru Intermediate and Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, in Invercargill, would get two classrooms each and Taieri College, in Dunedin, would get four classrooms.
‘‘Schools around New Zealand are growing and it is important that we can provide them with the classrooms they need, so teachers can focus on teaching and students can focus on learning,’’ education minister Chris Hipkins said.
With a roll of more than 300 pupils, Oamaru Intermediate School had reached maximum capacity and was using other spaces, such as the music room, as classrooms.
School principal Rebecca Meek was thrilled the school would be getting new classrooms, as they would create more space for teaching.
The school’s roll reflected the town’s growing population, as many people were moving to the Waitaki district from other parts of the country.
‘‘It’s pretty exciting for the school,’’ Mrs Meek said.
The new classrooms would be for year 7 pupils, who were very excited to be the first ones to use the space, she said.
The modular classrooms were being built in Christchurch and, all going well, would arrive by the end of next term.
Most of the site work had been completed and the foundations would be laid closer to the time.
Board of trustees chairwoman Rebecca O’Sullivan said the classrooms would greatly benefit the school’s teaching and learning.
‘‘Everything is at maximum capacity so it’s really going to take the pressure off,’’ she said.
In August, the school adopted an enrolment scheme, as directed by the Ministry of Education, which Mrs O’Sullivan said the board was working its way through.
The school’s roll was expected to hit about 330 pupils by the end of the term.