QT high school to be com­plete by Christ­mas

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

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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DASHA KU­PRIENKO/ STUFF

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.

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