The Feb 22, 2011 earthquake resulted in the closure of over 20 schools for varying periods of time as damage was repaired and geotechnical reports were produced. Over 7000 students needed to be moved twice daily across to the more unaffected, western side of the city. Primary schools were doubled up and secondary schools ran in a “two-shift format”.
On Tuesday 28 May, a group of 30 Australian visitors en route to the CEFPI Conference in Auckland, spent a chilly day in Christchurch as guests of CORE Education, exploring future planning opportunities for schooling in Christchurch in the wake of this disaster.
They were given a guided tour of two severely affected Christchurch schools. The site visits focused on presentations about how Redcliffs School and Avonside Girls' High worked together with their communities and related organizations to reopen and equip themselves for the enormous task of rebuilding the physical and social fabric of their schools. The group was made up mainly of architects, school planners, and school principals. The tour also included a trip through the central city red zone and the surrounding suburbs impacted by the disaster.