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New space . . . Lumsden School pupils Amelia Leach (left, 9) and Sam Ussher (10) are excited about the new storage room where children can take part in activities including painting and working on a laptop. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Lumsden Primary School is $300,000 dollars brighter and warmer after officially opening its renovated spaces on Friday.

Acting principal Callum Tytler said that was the approximate price tag for the changes that had been in the works for one and a-half years.

“It’s a long time,” Mr Tytler said.

“It’s a big project. It’s really exciting to have such modern, vibrant learning spaces.”

The renovations had been based on need.

The most burning issue had been the need to upgrade the heating system.

Cold winters with the old fan heaters had been “pretty inadequate,” he said.

The new boiler was long awaited.

Other changes spruced up the school environment.

These included new carpet in all five classrooms as well as the library and hallways.

Windows and pin-board lining were also installed in a hallway area.

“It enables us to use the corridor as a learning space.”

Two old art bays had also been revamped into a learning space.

“They’re bright blue. It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a space where teachers and kids can work together.”

New cupboards with whiteboard facing had also been installed in this new learning space.

The area had been “old and tired, dark and dingy.”

It was now a wonderful welcoming space, he said.

Friday marked the official opening of the new spaces.

”We invited whanau down to share with it with us,” he said.

Kapa haka was performed and the most senior and most junior pupils teamed together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Pupils Sam Ussher and Amelia Leach said they were pleased with the renovations especially the new learning space.

“It’s a lot better ’cause there’s more storage space and it’s easier to find out where things go,” Sam said.

“It’s easier for the teachers ’cause it’s quite new so we have to keep it this way,” Amelia said.

The pupils also enjoyed the new and improved heating system.

“It was freezing,” Sam said.

“We didn’t have very good heat pumps,” Amelia said.