The New Zealand Transport Agency is moving Auckland's Christ the King Primary School 50 metres south to keep down noise pollution from a nearby highway, a report said.
The NZ$15 million move transfers the school to a site where the Christ the King Church formerly stood, the region's Central Leader reported.
The move is historic for the Catholic school which was started by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1954, says the school's principal Jane Hahn.
"The children are very excited and we've really tapped into the concept of change, both around here and in broader aspects. Schools have lots of memories so it's a poignant time for reflection," she was reported saying.
"After the church was built in 1953, the school was set up with nuns commuting daily from the St Benedict's convent in Newton to teach."
Although the church is now located about 200 metres down the road, the school is still linked to it by a driveway running behind residential properties.
Modern designs featured in the new school include large brightly painted classrooms that act as sound proof shell to shield pupils from the busy State Highway 20.
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Historic move for Catholic school (Central Leader)