Western Springs College Board Optimistic About School Redevelopment|
Wednesday, 13 Novemeber 2015, 11:00am
The Board of Western Springs College, Nga Puna O Waiorea, has welcomed the announcement from Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye, that $75m has been set aside to redevelop the school.
Board Chair, Rob Coltman, said that after more than four years of deliberations, he was pleased to receive a budget and eager to recommence the design process with architects.
“We’re looking forward to turning the first sod. While we’ve sought a full rebuild, it’s clear some compromises will need to be made. However, we believe the funding is sufficient to produce a quality school. I’m confident that we can work effectively with the Ministry of Education to craft a great outcome for the school and the community.”
College Principal, Ken Havill, said that he was excited at the prospect of the school finally securing modern learning facilities, including for Nga Puna O Waiorea (the Maori immersion unit).
“These will further enhance the high quality of education for which Western Springs College has already gained a strong reputation. To maintain this, it’s important that all curriculum areas benefit significantly from the redevelopment. Equally important is that we strengthen our links with the community through not only the rumaki and marae development but also with new sports facilities, and the repair of TAPAC (performing arts centre).”
Rob Coltman said the Board would work with the Ministry of Education to develop a school within the funding and parameters set by Cabinet.
“We have a clear brief from the community and at the same time recognise that the budget has pre-determined the bulk and location of buildings and has implications on building retention and redevelopment. Our focus will be to ensure that optimal teaching and learning conditions will be provided now, during and post construction.”