Saturday, January 22, 2011

Halswell School post quake demolition & rebuild

Early 1994, when I did my Look, See, Decide trip from SA to NZ, I checked out Halswell School, Christchurch for our soon to emigrate sons. After we moved from Sumner to Oaklands, 1996, ours sons went to Oaklands Primary near our home. During the 8 years we lived at Oaklands, we saw Oaklands & Halswell develop & grow.

04.09.10. Halswell School was damaged by the 7.1 magnitude quake: damages to classrooms, office & staffroom block, school field damage, surrounding roads & paddock damages.

Four months post Sept 4 quake, 23.01.11: As wife Leah had taught at Halswell School & as I'd coolpixed quake damage at Halswell School & environs, I drove to Halswell School to see post Sept 4 quake repairs, if any.

I saw Halswell Rd, School Rd & Kennedys Bush Rd were tar seal patched, some classrooms demolished, staffroom & office block demolished, demolition still in progress.

By tar seal patched Halswell Rd I found Leah's classroom by the old school entrance gone, demolished. Office block / staffroom gone, demolished. Classrooms gone, demolished. Just rubble around climbing equipment in the playground.

I coolpixed cordon fencing & a yellow digger demolishing concrete foundations. While I walked along School Rd, digger vibrations shuddered underfoot, like quakes. Parallel tar seal patches striped across the road.

I found a new school entrance (old back entrance) at Kennedys Bush Rd, also tar seal patched. New prefab classrooms & prefab offices / staff room had been erected by Kennedys Bush Rd gate & extended half way round the school field.

Images, Halswell School demolition / rebuild, Halswell Rd, School Rd & Kennedys Bush Rd:


23.01.11. Demolished Halswell School, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Wife's demolished classroom was behind the sign.


23.01.11. Demolished front entrance, Halswell School, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Wife's demolished classroom was by the steps


23.01.11. Demolished Halswell School front entrance, classroom & playground, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Wife's demolished classroom was by the steps.


23.01.11. Halswell School & playground demolition site, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Gate signs, Halswell School demolition site & playground, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Halswell School demolition site, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Wife's demolished classroom was by the demolished wall


23.01.11. Demolished Halswell School & playground, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Overgrown playground & Jubilee Memorial stone, Halswell School demolition site, Halswell Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Witnesses, Halswell School demolition & patched pavement, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Digger demolishing Halswell School foundation, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake (1)


23.01.11. Digger demolishing Halswell School foundation, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake (2)


23.01.11. Digger demolishing Halswell School foundation, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake (3)


23.01.11. Digger demolishing Halswell School foundation, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake (4)


23.01.11. Digger demolishing Halswell School foundation, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake (5)


23.01.11. Digger demolishing Halswell School foundation, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake (6)


23.01.11. Halswell School, demolished rubble in playground, School Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Halswell School's new front entrance (old back entrance) & new prefabs, Kennedys Bush Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Halswell School new prefabs & staffroom / office by school field, Kennedys Bush Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


23.01.11. Halswell School new prefabs by school field, Kennedys Bush Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

I counted 8 new prefab classes & prefab staffroom / office around Halswell School field. I wondered how long those prefabs would stay on the Halswell School field? (The "new" prefab class I'd begun teaching in at Virginia Primary, Durban, 1972, was still used 39 years later). Liquefaction silt I'd coolpixed on Halswell School field 4 months ago was gone, grassed over.

I coolpixed a quake damaged drain on Kennedys Bush Rd, then crossed the road & found liquefaction silt mounds in a paddock I'd coolpixed 4 months ago were gone, grassed over by spring & summer growth. No liquefaction silt to see in the paddock anymore. Nature soon hid its damage, quicker than bumbling humans.


23.01.11. Quake damaged drain by Halswell School, Kennedys Bush Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

On my drive back to Burnside I stopped at Waimairi Cemetery, Grahams Rd, near home, to coolpix a Council, post Sept 4 quake Hazard sign found at Christchurch cemeteries, as the Sept 4 quake & aftershocks had damaged tombstones & monuments.

Cemetery quake hazard sign, Grahams Rd:


23.01.11. Waimairi Cemetery HAZARD sign, Grahams Rd, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

The Council cemetery sign read:

HAZARD

Many of the headstones and monuments in the cemetery are unstable due to the recent earthquake.

Please proceed with caution when entering the cemetery.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

2 comments:

  1. Halswell School has fully recovered from the September event.The relocatable classrooms and offices are lovely. They are very spacious,newly painted and carpeted, have heat pumps,fast internet, toilets and cloakrooms.The area that had the old buildings is now being turned into a lovely play space for children. There was no damage in the February quake. Halswell School continues to be a fantastic school in a great community.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback Penny. Good to know Halswell School is going strong again.

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