Darfield High opens new classroom blocks

by Mike Isle

It was a double celebration for Darfield High School this month when the school officially opened its two new classroom blocks.

J Block, which is the new home for year seven students, was opened by long-serving staff member, and student administrator, Jill Hill. F Block, home to social sciences, was opened by Selwyn District Mayor, Sam Broughton.

Speaking after the opening ceremony school principal, James Morris, said the classrooms would make for a positive learning environment.

“The classrooms are well-designed, modern learning spaces, with good light, acoustics, airflow and visibility,” he said.

“For most of the spaces, we have chosen to use single classroom spaces that open out through sliding doors into a shared, multi-use, space, alongside teacher workspaces and meeting rooms. All classrooms also have good connection to the outdoor environment.” Mr Morris said the built-in flexibility of the classrooms would serve the school well into the future.

“We have designed the classrooms so that classes can work within a traditional classroom space when this best suits the learning or break out into other spaces when this is needed.

“The flexibility should serve the school into the future as needs change,” Mr Morris said. Mr Morris thanked Mayor Broughton, guests, staff and students for attending the openings, and thanked and acknowledged Pastor Paul Cossey of the Darfield Baptist Church for blessing the buildings.