Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Redevelopment for Ellesmere College

by Ann van Engelen

Significant funding input has been announced for the redevelopment of Ashburton College and Ellesmere College to help with area growth and much-needed upgrades.

“The government is investing just under $80 million across the two schools to give them enough new space for roll growth and deliver warm, dry and modern classrooms,” Prime Minister Ardern said.

“The wellbeing of students and staff is important to their teaching and learning. This investment in Mid-Canterbury schools delivers on our promise to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.”

The government will be investing nearly $30 million in Ellesmere College.

“The school buildings were built in the 1970s and 1980s, and there has been no significant upgrade since then. All but two of the school’s buildings are temporary relocatable classrooms and have experienced significant wear and tear. That is not good enough, and we are fixing it,” said Mr Hipkins.

“This investment will see 35 new classrooms being provided, and the refurbishment of the existing gym and music suite.“

Around $50 million will be spent at Ashburton College and will provide 64 new classrooms and add extra non-teaching space. The redevelopment will provide space for 1,350 students, and the site will be prepared for a roll of 1,600 to accommodate forecast future growth.

“Ashburton College is the largest secondary school in Mid-Canterbury with a current roll of around 1,150 students, but it has been left to fall into a poor condition and now requires a significant upgrade,” said Prime Minister Ardern. “The coalition government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to support our young people’s education and wellbeing by building the best facilities there are.”