Rebuilding Christchurch Schools
The Government is investing over $1.3 billion in the Christchurch Schools Rebuild (CSR) programme to rebuild and repair 115 schools in greater Christchurch following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
The CSR programme began in 2013 and so far the Ministry of Education has refurbished, rebuilt or built new 75 schools, benefiting more than 30,000 students. The remaining schools in the programme are currently planned to be completed by the end of 2024, except for 2 schools that have greater rebuild elements than originally planned and the final 2 schools where service delivery arrangements are currently under consideration. The programme is planned to finish in 2025.
While new and refurbished buildings are the visible part of renewal, what we’re ultimately building is better futures for our students and our communities. Infrastructure is the means to this end – building modern, flexible, digitally-connected facilities which support collaborative learning and new teaching methods.
Progress to date
The CSR programme is now in its ninth year. As at 1 July 2022:
- 75 schools are complete
- 26 are in construction
- 12 schools are in various stages of planning and design
- 2 are yet to enter the programme.
New and redeveloped schools
At the end of the programme, greater Christchurch will have one of the most modern schooling networks in the country, which will serve as a platform for student learning well into the future.
The new and redeveloped schools are future focused to respond to the needs of today’s learnings and are able to efficiently accommodate changes in teaching and learning over time.
Below is a selection of schools that are complete.
Opportunity to enhance education across greater Christchurch
A strong education system is vital for the renewal of greater Christchurch and the Education Renewal Programme(external link) builds on the best of existing practice along with the development of new approaches to teaching and learning.
The significant investment in the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme offers a unique opportunity to strengthen the delivery of education in the region. The focus is on delivering better outcomes for all learners, providing for diversity and choice, and reflecting the aspirations and values of local communities is supported by the physical buildings.
Schools themselves determine how learning spaces are configured to meet their needs, with a school-led Education Brief ensuring the design and build align with their education vision. Grow Waitaha(external link) was also established to assist schools in post-earthquake Canterbury through educational transformation.
How Kaiapoi Borough School put together their education brief for their new technology centre(external link) and how Knights Stream School used their cultural narrative(external link) are great examples of what has been achieved through this work.
Christchurch students are learning in modern, flexible and digitally connected classrooms, teachers are using the most modern technology. Schools are working together, more closely connected with their communities, providing students with flexible, personalised learning options.
Building back in Christchurch
We’re building back better, stronger and smarter in Christchurch.
In key areas, we set standards for our new builds and school upgrades above the minimum required by the New Zealand Building code. Our new school buildings consider low-damage design. This means our schools are more resilient in earthquakes and can be readily used after a significant earthquake, similar to the design of civil defence level buildings required for post emergency response.
Services like water and sewerage are designed to stay connected and we have additional bracing requirements, including the use of newer technology such as removable links to absorb movement.
These additional design requirements protect the main building structure and all the other elements like the building cladding, ceilings and windows, even in a significant earthquake.
Everything we’ve learnt has been captured in our structural and geotechnical requirements that designers and engineers must meet when designing and building our schools. They’re championed by our independent Engineering Strategy Group, made up of external leading New Zealand engineers and experts.
Use of former school sites
As schools move into their new or repaired schools, some school sites have become vacant. Some of this land will be used for future education purposes and some will be sold (put into disposal).
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