New high tech school opens in Christchurch five years post-quake

It's back to school in Christchurch and for some students their school's all brand new, nearly five years after the lethal earthquake.

The programme to rebuild and renew the 115 schools damaged in the region moves into its fourth year this year.

In all, 13 brand new schools are to be built on new sites and more than 40 are to be completely rebuilt or redeveloped.

The programme to rebuild the city' s quake-damaged schools is heading into its fourth year. Source: 1 NEWS

The new West Rolleston School is a new aged, high tech campus. 

Gone are the days of traditional classrooms, says reporter Holly Carran.

"They're now called studios - open plan learning environments with built-in kitchens, bathrooms and science areas, creating a much more vibrant learning environment," she reports. 

Teacher Megan Murray said today was about "just getting the kids into the spaces, getting them to get to know each other". 

The school opened today but is still a work in progress.  

"This year we've opened for year one to four children and next year we've got year five to eight learners starting as well," said Sylvia Fifdow, West Rolleston School principal. 

In fact the Government has budgeted almost $1.2 billion for the rebuild and repair of schools in greater Christchurch over 10 years. 

"I think we've spent just under $200 million so far. The programme is on time and they will have the most modern education network in New Zealand and actually possibly in Australasia," said Hekia Parata, Education Minister.  

Out east, Rawhiti School finally opened its doors after a year of merging constraints forced them to work from two separate sites.