Waitaki Herald : December 10th 2014
4 WAITAKI HERALD, DECEMBER 10, 2014 Baking to help Cancer Society NEWS Abuzz over hub start W By NICOLA WOLFE email@example.com ork has begun on a new library at Waitaki Girls’ High School. The new library is to be housed in the bottom floor of the old A Block building and will also be an opportunity for the school to move information technology into the future. Principal Tracy Walker said the school project has been in the works for a couple of years and the school is very excited it is finally under way. ‘‘We will be looking to modern- ise things. ‘‘The main emphasis will be the chance to update technology,’’ Walker said. The project will involve refurbishing the two-storey building to make use of the top and bottom floors. The bottom floor will house the library while the top will be used for language classes, specifically for international and English as a second language (ESOL) students, Walker said. As well as housing the school’s Christmas cake: Members of the North Otago Cake Decorating Guild have been busy baking cakes for the Christmas season. The cakes will go to the Cancer Society to be distributed to cancer sufferers and their families. This is the third year the guild has made cakes in support of the cancer society. Back from left Frances MacPherson, Maureen McNamara, Margaret McBride. Front from left Sharron Sidon, Theresa Wallace and Margaret Bradfield . books, the new library will be a ‘‘communication hub’’ with media stations, breakout sections and computer hubs. ‘‘We’ve had a small library in a Photo: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ small learning space,’’ Walker said. ‘‘[The new library] will be a Hub-bub: Waitaki Girls’ High School principal outside Block A which is soon to become the school’s new communication hub. more modern, learning environment.’’ The project will also be an opportunity for the school to upgrade e-learning through the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP), an upgrade that will enable the school to run a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme. It will also give builders the opportunity to earthquake strengthen the block, Walker said. The project is ‘‘quite expensive’’ but finances raised through fundraising, an operations grant and the schools’ Ministry of Education Property Plan have made the project a reality. Funds raised from the annual gala, which is to be held March 6, will help to stock the library with extras. ‘‘It’s taken a couple of years to get all our ducks in a row,’’ Walker said. ‘‘But we are very excited it’s going ahead.’’ It’s hoped the building will be ready for opening in April 2015. Holidays all year round at McKenzie Lifestyle Village. It’ll soon be summer. Lots of people spend their holidays here in Geraldine - but why just have a summer holiday when you can move here instead? Move to Geraldine’s McKenzie Lifestyle Village - we take care of every day maintenance so you can a enjoy a holiday lifestyle all year round. Visit mlv.co.nz, call David Connolly now on 0800 84 55 24 or come and find us at 33 Connolly Street, Geraldine.
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