A new kāika, home for St Anne’s senior students

In the heart of Woolston is a great wee school teeming with special character and full to the brim with 180 students. Founded by the Mission Sisters in 1906, St Anne’s Catholic School stands proudly as an example of Catholic education where Christ and Gospel values are at the center of school life.

In 2022 a new classroom block was required to meet pressure due to student roll growth (55% growth from 2017-2022). The project’s financing was completed via a Catholic Development Fund (CDF) loan, with design and management undertaken in partnership between WSP and the Catholic Education Office.

St Anne’s Principal, Dallas Wichman, is grateful for this work: “We are excited to embrace a modern learning environment here at St Anne’s and are delighted with the modular construction design. The building provides two interlinked teaching spaces with separate quiet and breakout rooms, a modern kitchenette, and toilet facilities. A covered deck along the front steps gives shade and protection. It also makes for quick access to our school’s playing field.

The local contractors were very familiar with the sustainable building techniques used and were great to have on site. The new buildings have a localised theme to them, with images of the Port Hills portrayed throughout and the original Ngāti Wheke name used boldly on the inside – ‘Kā Kōhatu Whakarakaraka o Tamatea Pōkai Whenua’, also celebrating St Anne’s bilingual education offering.

Feedback from teachers and pupils is that these classrooms will provide a wonderful learning environment. We were delighted to move fifty senior students into their new space in May 2023.”

The CDF exists to help the Church achieve its mission by providing loans and funding for activities that strengthen the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.

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