Build Updates Build Update – August 17th #11Friday, August 17, 2018, 1:06 PMWeek 5 the walls go up! Today the large crane arrived for putting up the tilt slab walls and will be positioned this afternoon. This means that for all of next week there will be no parking down the side of the hall which will affect street parking as there will most likely be more staff parking on the street. So we ask you to give consideration to either dropping off your children at the Centaurus Road park walkway or by parking slightly further away and walking a short distance to school. To add to the excitement and thrill of the new build, the City Council will continue with their roadworks so we need to be vigilant and patient during this coming week as we move to and from school. Because the crane will be parked in our usual evacuation area we have put in a different evacuation plan and this has been practiced successfully during the week. We can expect by the end of next week our new building will start to take shape. Very exciting! Build Update – August 8th #10Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 2:35 PMBuilding progress is being made steadily. However to ensure that the wall panels are all ready at the same time, and to avoid having to work across two weeks, their installation has been delayed to Week 5 of this term. So that means that this work will now happen starting on Monday 20th August and for all of that week, and probably the weekend. This is a major piece of work and during the week street parking will be under pressure due to the Christchurch City Council planned Capital Footpath Works. So please be prepared for some disruption during this week. Build Update – July 25th #9Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:29 PMWe expect that today there will be a small concrete pour, although this will not affect access to and from school. The really exciting news is that in Week 4 of this term (13th to 17th August) we expect that the tilt slab walls will be installed. What that means is that for that one week there will be no parking around or down the side of the hall as this will be used for access to deliver the tilt slabs and for that week a little bit of extra play space will be fenced off. Access to the hall will only be via the street so we will be limiting our use of the hall for essential events only. There will be no assembly during Week 4. If children are at the Homework Club before school or after school programmes the supervisors at the Homework Club will liaise with you on how this will be managed for the week. Once the tilt slab walls are up we believe in the following weeks the concrete floor will be poured and it will start to look like a new building. Very exciting times! More specific information will be shared nearer to the date. Build Update – July 4th #8Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 3:35 PMURGENT NOTICE Please be aware that on Friday 6th July at 3.30pm there will be a large hiab which will be lifting the contractors office and turning it around. It will be parked outside the school gates from 3.30pm to approximately 4.30pm. Please ensure you collect your children well before 3.30pm. The moving of the contractors office should be done and the hiab out of the way before people arrive for the hāngī and Matariki celebrations. Build Update – June 28th #7Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 3:24 PMThe preparation for the foundation work is progressing at a steady rate. While the recent rain has been a problem it does not seem to have halted things to a huge degree. Please take some time when you come to conferences to have a look at what is happening. At the moment the coarse base has been laid and is now being compacted and we expect this will be finished by Thursday afternoon. So you may notice some intermittent noise if you are here for conferences this Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. The next stage will then be to trench for the metal frames for the foundations to be laid and possibly even as early as next week could be the first foundation pour. After the holiday break, probably in Week 1 or 2, the concrete tilt slab walls will arrive and will be erected – very exciting! Obviously as this piece of work approaches we will keep you well informed as it may mean additional restrictions to access while the tilt slab walls are delivered and installed. Once the tilt slab walls are up then they will lay the concrete floor slab – an interesting way of construction, we had not realised it was done this way, but hopefully by mid next term the building will have some real shape to it. You may have already had a look at the building plans that are up in the school hall and school office. We will display some additional copies during the conferences and we are looking at putting these in the foyer of the stairwell by Rooms 14 and 15 and on the verandah in front of Rooms 4 and 5. So why not have a look before or after your conference. Remember these regular build updates and the plans are also available to view on the school website www.stmartins.school.nz Build Update – June 7th #6Thursday, June 7, 2018, 1:52 PMExcavation around the site is progressing well despite the rainy weather we have had. You will see much of the court area has been cleared and the raised area has been reduced to allow space for the new building. As promised we now have sets of large plans that you can peruse at your leisure. Currently there is one set in the school office and one set in the hall. We are also looking for a suitable space to display another set in the Junior area of the school. The plans will give you an idea of the floor plan and also what the building will look like from various areas of the site. The plans are also available on the school website and you can also read all the build updates if you wish to look at past communications. You will see a ‘Build Update’ link in the banner. Build Update – May 31st #5Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:43 AMFor safety reasons students and other pedestrians are no longer able to access the hall through the staff car park. A safe alleyway from the footpath to the hall has now been created and this must be used for anyone dropping children off or picking them up from the Homework Club Breakfast Club or After School care. Other students/pedestrians may also use this alleyway to enter the school if required. Build Update – May 30th #4Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:42 AMEXTRA LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES With the build now underway and swimming over for a while we will have our children trying to make the very best of what is on offer during lunch break time – and there is plenty on offer. I have asked our Senior and Junior Team Leaders to provide you with a brief summary of what has been planned and is ‘in action’. JUNIOR TEAM A very positive start has been made to the new play area arrangements for the Year 0-4 students. We have introduced a range of exciting activities for the students to participate in at morning tea and lunchtime. The new initiatives are proving to be very popular with all the students. There is a real buzz happening in the Area 1 Playground. Room 22/23 (the old library) has been set up as a multipurpose indoor space. In this space we have created a little library which is run by Senior Librarians and the Peer Mediators, includes a construction area with building blocks, a roadway mat and vehicles, a drawing area and a play kitchen with lots of plastic kitchen equipment. The PALS (Physical Activity Leaders) are teaching and playing organised outdoor games with the students, such as outdoor hockey and large ball games. Old favourites such as the dress ups are back out on the verandah at lunchtimes. There is a Computer Coding Club one day a week for a group of students from the Discoverers and an Art Club for the Year 0-2 students. The Year 3-4 students have the option to play down in the bottom playground on Thursday lunchtimes and on Friday morning tea time, when many of our senior students are off site. The main library continues to be available for the Year 3-4 students each lunchtime excluding Wednesdays. A group of senior students have also begun soccer skills training during morning tea time, either in the hall or outside weather permitting, We are also looking forward to utilising the St Martins Tennis Club where a group of approximately 40 students from the Discoverers will be able to play games with the Kelly Sports Educators. SENIOR TEAM We are excited to introduce a number of lunchtime activities. These activities will be refreshed on a regular basis to keep up with demand and interest levels. The School Spirit Committee are excited to put together a playlist of music in the playground at lunchtimes on a Monday and Tuesday. The Year 5-6 students will help with the music selection and equipment on Wednesday and Thursday. One of the Year 7-8 teachers will take a group of basketball enthusiasts down to Hansen Park once a week to play basketball. We have also enlisted the help of Kelly Sports, who will take a group of Year 5-6 students in the hall on a Monday, and a group of Year 5-6 and Year 7-8 students on a Tuesday down at the local tennis courts. Some of the sports on offer are likely to be ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, volleyball, handball and turbo touch. Science Club will continue for the Year 7-8’s on a Monday lunchtime with the scientific and mathematical brain of Karl Dodds. We are introducing Chess Club on a Tuesday lunchtime for Year 5-8 and a Year 5-6 Craft Club on a Monday and a Year 7-8 Art Club on Tuesdays. Further to this, the Year 7-8’s have the opportunity to participate in a special Whānau/Tikanga Māori group on a Wednesday lunchtime. In addition to all those things listed above, we will continue to run meetings at morning tea or lunch with Student Council heads, Student Curriculum team, Yearbook Committee, Before School clubs such as Year 7-8 Maths Club at 8am Wednesday, Coding at 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and multiple after school and lunchtime training for our winter sports teams. St Martins is a hive of activity at the moment, so it’s important that students listen to the daily morning notices in class for updates. Build Update – May 28th #3Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:40 AMIf you have been at school today you would have seen a big yellow digger has arrived and started the initial site works. A number of trees unfortunately need to be removed as they are currently situated where the new building is going to be. You will be aware there are some special memorial trees on our site and special provision has been made for these trees. In fact the arborist has been in today conducting his assessment. So over the next week or so the work happening will be to establish the site, silt mitigation (which we found out means stopping mud and silt spreading everywhere) and establishing the ‘build footprint’ for the school. We have now received the latest architectural drawings and these are currently being enlarged so we can create a picture billboard display that we can place in a prominent area. This should hopefully give you a good indication of the floor plan and general look of the new build. These images will also be lodged on the school website in the near future and we will give you notification once this has been done. Build Update – May 10th #2Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:38 AMOver this weekend stage one of the demolition will commence. On Friday 11th May after school, Hann Construction will erect fencing around the Dental Clinic. Stage one of the demolition is to remove materials that may have asbestos. This will be completed in a controlled fashion that meets Health and Safety regulations, however we ask that parents are mindful of this and therefore it may be best that children do not use the school playground this weekend. From Monday 14th May you can expect that there will be a different look to the parking entranceway to St Martins School. If you have children attending the breakfast session or after school session at the Homework Club, you and your children will still be able to access the hall but you may have to walk through the second car park to gain access. Once the Dental Clinic is fully removed Hann Construction will put up the rest of the fencing. This is likely to be sometime towards the end of next week. We know that parents are as much concerned as we are about the reduction in play space. Staff are creating a range of exciting opportunities for children to be involved in. As programmes are to be introduced we will keep you informed about them. We are really fortunate that the St Martins Valley Tennis Club is making space available for us also. This will be really exciting to see things actually starting to happen. St Martins School Redevelopment Project: Stage 1 PlansWednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:45 PMClick on the link below to see the plans for Stage 1 our our exciting redevelopment. SMS New Block SMS 2 Storey Block Build Update – April #1Monday, April 23, 2018, 3:56 PMWe hope everyone has had a great first week for the school holidays and hope that this lovely Autumnal weather continues. Today we have had a successful meeting with Hann Construction, the Ministry of Education, consulting engineers, architects and the school Health and Safety committee. We now have a much better understanding of how the project will commence. The good news is that we have agreed not to erect the fencing immediately but it is likely to be in place by the end of week 2 of term 2. Hann Construction have agreed to mark out the area that will be fenced so we can show the children and make appropriate changes to our evacuation procedures. For the first two weeks it will be business as usual. This will give us the opportunity to give you clear information on how things will change in terms of access to the school. This and all notices regarding the rebuild will also be added to our school website to keep you fully informed as we work together through this exciting rebuild project.