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The Chapel
2012 marked the centennial of the Wanganui Collegiate School Chapel. The chapel was funded primarily by contributions from Old Boys of the School, who have been closely involved with its development over the last 100 years.  A Chapel Centennial Committee with former pupils, staff and friends of the school was established to organise centennial activities which culminated in the consecration of the chapel in August 2012 by Bishop Justin of Wellington.
However, it was recognised that there is an urgent need to undertake essential restoration work on the building and also to renovate the chapel organ.  Therefore, the Centennial Committee refocused itself as the Wanganui Collegiate School Chapel Restoration Committee.  With the full support of the Board of Trustees, the Headmaster, the Old Boys’ and Girls’ Association, the Wellington Anglican Diocese and the School Foundation, the Chapel Restoration Committee organises ongoing major fundraising. This continues to secure the resources necessary to have the external restoration work completed in 2013. The Wanganui Collegiate School Old Boys’ and Girls’ Association, as a charitable trust, is closely involved with this project and is making applications to grant-funding bodies for restoration work on the chapel and organ. 

Work undertaken:

External work Total value needed for the repair, restoration and general maintenance work to the chapel to ensure a sound basis for its continued life for another 100 years
Restoration of the Chapel - $212,000
Stained glass windows stablisation - $54,000

Organ console repositioning and electrical future-proofing - $20,000
Loan of Rodgers 588 Digital Organ - Nil

The Organ:

  • All original 1926 pipe-work will be retained and restored, and items removed in 1977 re-instated.
  • The mechanisms and electronic workings will be replaced with state-of-the-art technologies or restored.
  • New hand-crafted casework and pipework will be designed in the workshops of South Island Organ Company.
  • The restored instrument will be a mark of the highest standards of current workmanship for pipe organs in the world, and will be the foremost educational, recital and teaching instrument of its kind anywhere in New Zealand.



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