WGHS library build begins

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Work is under way for Waitaki Girls’ High School’s new $600,000 state of the art Library.

The building where the library will be based failed earthquake strengthening so work will be done to make sure the building passes the required Earthquake Strengthening Standards.

Waitaki Girls High School principal Tracy Walker said it’s pleasing to finally be able to provide a quality library to the pupils.

“It’s really good, I’m really happy we are able to begin building the new library and language classrooms.” Mrs Walker said.

Originally there was an area which was to be built for the library but a change of plans meant it was turned into a technology area for food technology and textiles, so the building of a new library was delayed.

Increased costs and a longer timeframe for the library to be built meant it has taken another couple of years due to extra fundraising which was needed, while the government supplied the school with sufficient funding from the allocated funds they for use over a five year period.

Mrs Walker said she was confident the pupils would enjoy the library.

“It’s taken a couple of years to get into this situation where we are able to get it built, but now we can I can’t wait to see how it turns out,” she said.

While the library refurbishment will provide the girls with a nice relaxing place to chill out and study, it will also be the communication and information hub of the school, modern learning environment, a place for video conferencing and wireless wifi, while also having a fiction and non-fiction area which will allow searching of topics.

“It will give the school a boost and although adds a few things that the school needs, while it finally gives the year 10 pupils a proper library something they haven’t had since they started here at school.”

The library is being built on the bottom floor of Block A, while on the top floor there will be two language classes, one for German and the other for International language.

Work on the library started last Monday and April 20 has been set for the completion and the official opening.

“Hopefully by the start of term two will be able to have the official opening of the library,” Mrs Walker said.

It’s hoped that School Network Upgrade Project will be done in February to fit in with the refurbishment and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) could also be installed.

The work is being done by Breen Construction.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY