Project Blue Sky

Rangi Ruru, as with much of Merivale and Christchurch, suffered damage to buildings and infrastructure as a result of the earthquakes. The school has decided, instead of taking the traditional, evolutionary approach and just replacing the buildings it has lost, to take the opportunity to reshape the school to ensure our facilities are suited for future generations.

The rebuild project has been named ‘Project Blue Sky’ and is a significant and exciting project to redevelop the site covering the majority of the land between Merivale Lane, Rossall Street and Hewitts Road.

Four significant new building have already been completed and two buildings have been repaired.

Stage 1 began with the extensive repair of Te Koraha which was reopened in July 2012. The Gibson Centre and Science Centre were the first new buildings completed and were officially opened in April 2014 followed closely by Mana Wahine (meaning ‘Strong Woman’) in June 2014. The Gibson Centre houses both the Library and Information Services team.  The Science Centre is one of the most advanced buildings of its kind in the country putting Rangi Ruru at the leading edge of science education. Mana Wahine is home to Social Sciences and Student Services which includes the support and enhancement staff. The final projects in this phase involved the repair of both the Baird building (now home to the Museum & Gallery) and Art & Technology building, opened in October and December 2014 respectively.

Now focused on Stage 2,  the Performing Arts building together with Merivale Lane Theatre was opened June 2015. Following removal of the prefabs, the playing field has been restored, hard courts and a new water-based hockey were also completed and officially opened in May 2016.

The next significant building project is the Wide Sky Centre which will include a full size gym, fitness centre and teaching spaces. Further funds are required to complete this project and planning is well underway.

To discuss fundraising opportunities, contact the Director of Development on 03 983 3700 or email development@rangiruru.school.nz.

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