School needs survey
Forums consult on Wanaka’s future
The Ministry of Education is moving quickly on to its next phase of consultation for Wanaka’s future primary and secondary education needs but has no timetable to build a new school.
A survey closing this Friday asks what sort of schools the community might like in the future, including a new intermediate or middle school, or whether the ministry should ‘‘grow’’ the existing schools.
The survey also asks if people are interested in special interest schools, such as Rudolph Steiner or Green Schools.
Other questions are about Mt Aspiring College – whether it needs to be at a new site, whether hubs could be set up to teach specialist subjects, whether it could be a year 9-13 school or continue to accept enrolments from year 7.
Wanaka’s population has increased about 28 per cent since 2006 and is about 9036 (2013 Census). This includes Lake Hawea, Matukituki, Luggate, Albert Town and Cardrona.
The 2013 Census revealed a large cohort of young children moving into the education system, with 663 children aged 0-4 and 612 children aged between 5-9 years. There were another 525 children aged between 10-14 years and 393 teenagers aged between 15-19.
The ministry’s head of sector enablement and support, Katrina Casey, said the first face-to-face component of consultation in Wanaka has been completed.
‘‘There is no current timeframe established for increasing school capacity in the Wanaka area. A timeframe will be determined depending on what options are advanced. No options have been determined at this stage,’’ she said.
About 150 people attended forums in May and up to 50 students also participated in student consultation sessions.
‘‘Key themes that are beginning to emerge are around the importance of the natural environment as a distinguishing feature, the integration of technology and maintaining the feeling of community. Based on the feedback we are looking to bring the second stage of this process forward, to try and give the community certainty around options sooner,’’ Casey said last week.
There would be more chances to get involved over the next few months, she said. education.govt.nz/wanakaconsultation.
Colourful suggestions from Wanaka students about the future of their education.
Photo: Ministry of Education