The large-scale investment made to improve Long Bay College’s facilities has been a significant focus for the Board of Trustees over the past two years. And now a number of property projects are nearing completion.
The carpet has been laid, interactive data projectors have been installed and the new chairs and tables will soon be arranged in the eight new classrooms of M Block’s almost completed stage two renovation. Over the past 18 months, M Block, one of the school’s original buildings, has undergone a full upgrade over two phases, resulting in state of the art media labs, classrooms and break out areas. Students and staff will enjoy the fruition of the second stage spaces from the beginning of Term Three.
An exciting new room for students completing vocational studies in Wood Technology is close to completion. The area suffered significant fire damage in 2017 and extensive rebuilding was required. It has also been a chance to modernise and improve the facility. The College is delighted to re-open the new workspaces for use from the end of August this year.
Students will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of the College’s outdoor areas whether it be rain or shine. Large shelter structures are planned for the spaces between M Block and O Block. Shade shelters will also be placed over the tiered gardens near the Technology block. With the addition of picnic tables, the extra shelters will provide improved social areas for students, especially in inclement weather. Work on the shelter structures is expected to be completed this year.
The field’s cricket nets and run-in areas will soon receive a complete make-over in time for the new season.
Next up for a refurbishment is the school’s administration block. From August this year, ‘A Block’ will undergo a major facelift with enhancements, a larger footprint and recladding planned for the front entry, reception area, offices, Dean’s area and staffroom. The school’s reception will be required to relocate during the renovation and information about plans will be released soon. It is hoped students and staff will return to the college for the start of 2021 academic year to a smart, new, main point of entry to the school.
Plans are underway for the redevelopment of O Block, the last original building of the school. The Board of Trustees is seeking Ministry of Education approval and funding to develop the block and preliminary design plans are already in progress.
Watch this space!