QT high school to be complete by Christmas
The new Wakatipu High School will probably be the biggest Christmas present the Queenstown community will receive this year.
The keys to the two-storey innovative school at Remarkables Park will be handed to principal Steve Hall on December 22.
He won’t get his own office in the open plan learning environment, but the school will have a theatre, a recording studio and an aerobics room.
It is on an 8ha site and being constructed under a public private partnership between the Government and building consortium Future Schools Partners.
Giving local media an early viewing of the school on Friday, Hall said he was looking forward to up to 1800 students filling the empty corridors eventually.
‘‘Our current school is quite an old school now, kinda bitsy, with buildings all over the place. It’s in a very, very cold part of town...and this is going to be a much more pleasant and inspir- ing place to be at school.’’
He was looking forward to the open space design for students and staff.
Teachers would also have ‘‘highly visible’’ glass work spaces with some fitting up to eight people.
Multiple classes can be combined into ‘‘flexible’’ teaching areas.
‘‘It gives you an ability to coteach two or three classes together, slice and dice things in different ways, and you just can’t do that in corridors and classrooms, ‘cells and bells’ kind of environment,’’ he said.
Hall’s eyes lit up when asked to point out a favourite feature of the new school - then listed many. The art department with new dance rehearsal rooms and a recording studio and a theatre for
‘‘This is going to be a much more pleasant and inspiring place to be at school.’’
up to 600 people would be used ‘‘heaps’’.
A car could now be put into the automotive garage in the technology department, which was an upgrade from the old school.
’’It was nothing like this, just a couple of odd containers in the entrance to our school, so this is definitely a step up,’’ Hall said.
The school also has a gym with a rock climbing wall, which could be expanded when the school reaches capacity.
The project was on track, with testing work and the landscaping yet to be complete.
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Landscaping is one of the remaining jobs before the school is ready on December 22.
The school’s main entry links to a cafe and a social area.