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New primary school on track for 2015

ROSE CAWLEY
Last updated 05:00 29/01/2014

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Work on a new primary school in Ormiston is set to start this year.

The Ministry of Education aims to have Ormiston Road Primary School open in time for the start of school next year.

Establishment Board of Trustees chairwoman Karen Gibson says her team has a momentous but exciting task ahead of them.

"We can see where we need to get to, it is just quite an adventure getting there.

"For example, community consultation is interesting when your community is still arriving. But it is a really exciting, mixed and new community so there is an opportunity for the school to be a real focus and heart of the area."

The Howick resident says what is just a bare paddock at the moment will soon be transformed into a standout primary for year 1 to 6 students.

"New schools and education [are] really exciting at the moment. There are some neat opportunities out there for schools to provide innovative education and we want to be part of that."

Mrs Gibson has 13 years experience on boards of trustees at Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Pakuranga College.

She says the establishment board has a lot to offer.

"We have a really wide range of experience through trusteeship, teaching and people who live locally in the area, which is really valuable when we ... put our minds to the task."

The school was originally earmarked to open this year but it was delayed because population growth in Flat Bush wasn't as rapid as originally predicted.

It will be located between Ormiston Senior College and Murphys Rd, and will be similar in size to Baverstock Oaks and Mission Heights primary schools, with a roll of about 700 children.

Mrs Gibson says in the next few months the establishment board will set up an enrolment zone for the school, undergo public consultation and appoint an establishment principal.

"A big focus is to find the right person - that innovative, future-focused leader to pick up a brand new school and liaise with the community and provide the right school for the area."

The ministry's head of infrastructure Kim Shannon says master planning and design work is still being completed.

Construction tenders are due to be released in the first quarter of this year.

See ormistonprimary.school.nz for more information.

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- Eastern Courier

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