|The front entrance to New Norfolk High School is to be demolished.|
Principal Adam Potito said the building had been earmarked for demolition for many years and the school's recently increased capital works funding would now allow this to occur. Writing in last month's school newsletter, Mr Potito said he envisaged the work would happen towards the end of Term One.
|Mercury newspaper report from 1951.|
While the materials were purchased in 1951, the prefabricated school was stored at Lachlan Park Hospital until the government had the funds to have it erected in 1954. Premier Cosgrove said the school had been designed for Tasmanian conditions.
|Staff and students inspect the progress of|
the school's construction in 1954.
The remaining section of the Bristol block, which includes the main front of the school facing Blair St, has served a variety of purposes over the decades, ranging from typing and computer classrooms, to a lunchroom, weights room, and offices for the school nurse and welfare officers.
The demolition will change the face of the school and remove the last links with its earliest history. Mr Potito did not specify what would become of the enclosed memorial garden once the building comes down, nor the fate of a student-produced mural at the main entrance.
|The memorial garden is enclosed on two sides by the soon-to-be demolished|
Bristol Block. The garden contains memorials to teacher Adrian Billings and
students Garth Brown, Matthew Graham and Taylor Lacey.