$4.5m in­vested in col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing

North Shore Times - - LOCALJOBS -

Taka­puna Pri­mary School has moved into its newly fin­ished $4.5 mil­lion class­room block.

The two-storey build­ing, which the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion al­lo­cated funds for in or­der to re­spond to roll growth and to re­place old teach­ing spa­ces, ac­com­mo­dates for 10 classes worth of chil­dren.

That’s roughly 270 stu­dents. The school’s roll is cur­rently sit­ting just un­der 500, hav­ing ex­po­nen­tially grown in just a few years ago, principal Cindy Walsh said.

The new block will allow the roll to grow to a ca­pac­ity of 700 stu­dent spa­ces, which Walsh thought the school may reach in just two years’ time.

All up, to­tal learn­ing spa­ces have in­creased from 15 to 22.

The new block, which took a year to com­plete af­ter a two-year de­sign phase, is a flex­i­ble learn­ing space where chil­dren in mul­ti­ple classes share their learn­ing ar­eas.

Walsh said the new learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the style of ed­u­ca­tion al­lowed teach­ers to work to­gether to pro­vide bet­ter sup­port for chil­dren.

‘‘Al­ready we have seen a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in learn­ing out­comes for learn­ers in such a short time.’’

The school will de­mol­ish two old pre­fab class­rooms which the new build has re­placed.

The ex­ist­ing play­ground is also des­tined for de­mo­li­tion in or­der to make way for a new $120,000 play­ground to ac­com­mo­date roll growth.

Walsh said the school’s Par­ent Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion and Board of Trustees would fund the ma­jor­ity of the cost, sup­ple­mented by grant ap­pli­ca­tion fund­ing.

KASHKA TUN­STALL/ STUFF

The bot­tom floor of the $4.5 mil­lion build ac­com­mo­dates for 120 stu­dents in a shared space.

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