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Proud moment . . . Oamaru North School pupils Xander Palatchie (5) and Emily Petersen (11) join Minister of Health David Clark to officially open new classrooms at the school. Principal Peter Roundhill looks on proudly. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

It was an exciting day for parents, staff and pupils alike as they gathered to celebrate the opening of two new classrooms at Oamaru North School last week.

Visitors who attended the ceremony were greeted with an opening prayer and a performance of the national anthem by pupils.

Minister of Health David Clark and Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher were among those who attended the event.

Former pupils from the school also attended the opening ceremony.

A ribbon outside the new classrooms was cut by Mr Clark and the school’s oldest and youngest pupils, Xander Palatchie and Emily Petersen.

The new classrooms will accommodate year 4 and year 6 pupils.

Oamaru North School principal Peter Roundhill was thrilled the classrooms were officially open.

“I’m very proud – very proud of our school and very proud of our children.”

Although it might have taken a few years to get the project off the ground, the result was worth the wait, he said.

The project took about 18 months to build and cost about $1.4million.

Dr Clark was pleased with the new classrooms and wanted to congratulate the staff and board of trustees for leadership.

“They’ve produced a wonderful modern teaching environment,” he said.