Schools’ multi-million dollar boost

BENEFIT: Lincoln Primary School will receive about $3 million for six new classrooms as part of multi-million Government announcement made yesterday.

Bulging school rolls in Lincoln and Prebbleton may be eased with a multi-million dollar Government injection.

Lincoln Primary School will receive about $3 million for six new classrooms and Prebbleton School will get about $2 million for four new classrooms.

The funding was part of an announcement yesterday in which schools across Canterbury will benefit from $5.5 million to be invested in expanding the capacity of schools.

The announcement was made during a visit to Prebbleton School by Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe.

Lincoln Primary School principal Vivienne Butcher said it means this time next year, all of its pupils will be able to learn on its main campus.

At the moment, the school has a junior campus for year 0 to 3 pupils and its main campus is for year 3 to 8 pupils.

Prebbleton School principal Kim Alexander said the school has been experiencing significant role growth in the last few years and is at capacity now.

“Another four classrooms will cater for enrolments over the next two to three years,” she said.

Prebbleton has about 490 pupils on its roll, while Lincoln has more than 600.

Mr Macindoe said yesterday that all of the schools receiving funding in the Canterbury region had experienced increases in their rolls.

He said growth in the Canterbury region showed the resilient nature of the community following the February 22, 2011, earthquake.

It is expected the new classrooms at Lincoln Primary and Prebbleton School will be up and running in the 2018 school year.

Minister of Education Nikki Kaye said the first round of school infrastructure investment under this year’s Budget will provide a total of 11 new classrooms to three schools in the Canterbury region, adding space for around 220 students.