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* BUILDING COMPLETED. The new Akaroa School is com- . plated, and a week will see the final work of the painters all finished. We believe that forty yards of asphalting hag to ba done about the doors and round the Bohool. The building is a real y firat-fyasg one both within and without. Built of brick, with a roof pf Marseilles tiles, it shows up well on the hill above the Esplanade. There are two entrances—one for the boys and the other for the girls—into the main hallway, where hatpegs are placed to accommodate upwards ot 200 children, The end of the hallway also oonfceina a number of commodioug cupboards, so that the three BOhoolrooma lose no space in the way of cnpboard room. . There i 3 a class room looking towards the north-east, and two other larger rooms looking to the sea separated by folding doors. The idea is that for special occasions the doors can fee folded up, and the whole room used. Nothing has been spared in tbe way of appearance, and the white pillars throughout the building are very tiDe. The windows also are numerous, giving plenty of light, and they are in the latest modern style, opening inwards so as to ventilate the rooms well without giving any draughts. Blackboards have been let into the walls. The original idea was to beat tbe school by hot water pipe-, but the plan was found unfeasible, and the school will be heated by ordinary fire 3. There is a spacious ballwey running through the middle of the L building from south to north. Akarca bad to put.up with a bad school for a number of years, but now that the Education Department has built tbe ! BObool nothing has been spared to make it sound and solid and up-to date. One striking feature is the height of the rooms, which gives a roomy appearance to the building. OPENING FUNCTION. It ia the intention of tbe local School Committee to have a function at the opening of the new echool. Tbe Minister for Education will be •asked to attend as well as the Member for the district The chairman and members of tbe North Canterbury Education Board, the chairman of the Buildings Committee, the architect and contractor are among come of the other Bpecial guests. The householders of Akaroa will be invited in * toto to attend the function, which will take the form of the declaration of the opening of tbe school, to be followed >.. by a sumptuous afternoon tea in the & ~ main schoolroom. SCHOOL GROUNDS. Before the children occupy the new Bohool. the grounds need some attec tion. The grass if lank everywhere except where a portion has been cut and left lying. It is a pity the Board could not have levelled the piece of giound behind the building to allow of a cricket and football ground. There is plenty of room available, but the ground ia not level enough, Before the local committee took over the BChool they ought to ask the Board to spend some more money on improving the grounds. VISIT OF ARCHITECT. Mr G. Penlington, the Board's -. ar c hitect, informed us yesterday that it would be quite a fortnight before the new school was ready for open-

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NEW AKAROA SCHOOL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4369, 6 February 1914

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NEW AKAROA SCHOOL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4369, 6 February 1914