Catholic school to be rebuilt

By Viv Logie

John Paul II High School is undergoing a transformation, as the familiar two-storey block from the old St Mary’s High School is phased out due to earthquake risks.
The redevelopment, costing several million dollars, began today when the first of five new classrooms, a computer suite, was lowered on to piles at the Alexander Street site.
Principal Kieran Stone said the new classrooms would replace the St Mary’s block, which did not meet earthquake strengthening standards and had not been used for some time.
“The work will be done in several stages, and ultimately the old Marist building across the road, currently used by the school, will be shut down and all the classes will be based on the one site,” Mr Stone said.
A whole new school would evolve over the next two to three years,
he said.
“By the end of the development, which will also include a gymnasium refurbishment, or even a rebuild, we will have the school up to over 67% in regards to earthquake strengthening.”
The new classrooms were built in Christchurch and transported across the alps on trucks.