I have expended a lot of words, in recent days, on my old school and its present environment. Now I am going to concentrate on posting some of the photos I took.
This is the Old Boarding House fully renovated and back on its foundations. I think it is currently used for administrative offices. It is known as Te Koraha which apparently means ‘The Wilderness”. It was built as a home for Arthur Edgar Gravenor Rhodes, a New Zealand Parliamentarian and a Mayor of Christchurch. Construction of the house began in 1886.Here is the Old Whaling Pot, in a new spot (from my days, that is)These are the new temporary classrooms on the old sports field.This is the present Boarding House or, as I call it, the ‘new’ Boarding Housewhich has the loveliest courtyard, complete with topiary teddy bear.
And here are the spaces where buildings have been and more are yet to come.Look a little closer and you will see this work of art.I don’t know anything of its history; when or how it came to be in this area of the school. I don’t know what it is supposed to represent…..life is magical? a box of tricks? anything is possible if you get the balance right? I do know that its creator, Paul Dibble, also sculpted the the New Zealand War Memorial on Hyde Park Corner.