Student inserts final bolt

Freddie Grover inserts the bolt with the help of site manager Jordon Gregory.

The building of Silverdale School’s new classroom block took a step forward last month with a ‘topping out’ ceremony held on October 30, marking the completion of the structural steel work.

NZ Force site manager Jordan Gregory says these ceremonies are common in the UK, where he is from.
The school’s 700th student Freddie Grover (Year 5) was chosen to put in the “final bolt” symbolising the end of the steel work and the beginning of the next stage of the build.

Freddie completed the task watched by principal Cameron Lockie, representatives of the Ministry of Education, his father and others.

When finished, around April next year, the two-storey building will contain four large open plan teaching spaces (equivalent to eight standard sized classrooms) to cater for the school’s ever expanding roll.


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