Col­lege to dou­ble in size

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

An Auck­land School is brac­ing as it pre­pares to nearly dou­ble its roll fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of a $79 mil­lion re­build.

Western Springs Col­lege is cur­rently un­der­go­ing New Zealand’s largest ever pub­lic school re­build which is expected to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary, 2019.

Nearly 80 per cent of the decile 8 school’s ac­com­mo­da­tion will be re­placed, and ad­di­tional build­ings in­clude two new teach­ing blocks and a gym­na­sium.

The two new teach­ing blocks will cre­ate 64 new teach­ing spa­ces, 12 of which will be set aside for Nga Puna o Waiorea - the col­lege’s Maori im­mer­sionRu­maki unit.

The cur­rent school roll is 1475 but col­lege prin­ci­pal Ivan Davis said it had the po­ten­tial to expand to up to 2500 stu­dents in the fu­ture.

‘‘The new school is de­signed for 1700 to 1800 with an ex­pan­sion build zone to cater for 2500 stu­dents,’’ Davis said.

‘‘The bulge of stu­dents cur­rently in the con­tribut­ing pri­mary schools will hit us in years 2020 to 2021.’’

He said given the devel­op­ment of apart­ment blocks in Western Springs, Grey Lynn and nearby sub­urbs, it may need the ex­ten­sions built sooner rather than later.

Davis said he was also expecting staffing num­bers to in­crease.

At present, the col­lege had 99 part time and full time teach­ers.

‘‘The bulge of stu­dents cur­rently in the con­tribut­ing pri­mary schools will hit us in years 2020 to 2021. ’’

JAMES PASLEY

The Western Springs Col­lege re­build will be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

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