College to double in size
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. ’’
The Western Springs College rebuild will be completed in February 2019.