Project Blue Sky
Yes it happened to us. Yes it changed everything.
As a result of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, Rangi Ruru lost 60% of the school’s buildings, though thankfully no girls or staff.
Staying true to its entrepreneurial spirit, in 2012 Rangi Ruru made the brave and bold decision to use this opportunity to redesign and rebuild the school and continue to educate New Zealand’s young women.
Rangi Ruru prides itself in producing visionary leaders. And now they are leading by example, creating award winning new buildings and unrivalled facilities for Christchurch’s community.
Yes it’s challenging. Yes it’s brave. And it’s a major educational win for Christchurch’s rebuild.
What is Project Blue Sky?
Prior to September 2010 the school had begun to investigate how it could plan for the future so that it would continue to be at the forefront of girls’ education.
After the earthquakes the Board of Governors decided not to replace buildings in an ad hoc manner, but to take the opportunity to redesign the whole school campus and to build a school designed around the needs of tomorrow’s women leaders, focused on personalised learning and grounded in best practice teaching and learning.
‘Project Blue Sky’ was the name given to this vision, reflecting the school’s name, Rangi Ruru which translates to ‘wide sky shelter’.
This forward-looking project echoes the foresight of the school’s founders. In 1889 the Gibson sisters aimed for the very best education for their students and today the aim is to build a school for the great Rangi all-rounder by developing the very best modern academic, cultural, sporting and social learning environments. This vision aims to see the school through the next century and beyond.
With Te Koraha at the heart of our campus, Project Blue Sky will embrace its history and redevelop the Rangi Ruru campus over three key stages.
Stage 1 is complete.
Stage 2 is underway. The Performing Arts Building and Merivale Lane Theatre opened in June 2015 followed by the artificial hockey turf in May 2016.
Stage 3 will commence when funds become available.