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Darndale school gets top-class TV3 makeover

A SCHOOL in Darndale has been renovated as part of a television series that aims to give a helping hand to charities and local groups across the country.

Our Lady Immaculate Senior National School was the latest to benefit from the TV3 series Renovation Nation.

The show, presented by Laura Woods, has documented renovations including refitting, revamping and reviving much-loved spaces in one day.

In the second episode of the series, due to air on Monday, the team of DIY professionals have turned their attention to the Darndale school on the northside of the city.


Students at the school had to deal with "dull and boring" surroundings, but the team has said it has injected colour into the school's corridors.

Among the work done was refreshment on a "dishevelled" home economic room, creation of an outdoor classroom and a Wild West scene.

Two football pitches have also been built on the previously "uninspiring" playground.

More than 100 volunteers turned up to help with the work at the much-loved school.

While the project was completed in a day, one lady had been working tirelessly for weeks in advance.

Different Days mural artist Nikki Roberts prepared the colourful artwork to brighten up the school.

Ms Roberts said that her job was to do all the artwork "to make things nice and bright and vibrant for all the children".

"It's impossible for everything to be done in the one day and we want it to be very much a fun day for the volunteers not to be too stressful," she said.

The school's principal, Derry Amphlett, said that he couldn't be happier after the renovation.