West Auckland's newest high school is officially open for business.
Hobsonville Point Secondary School is up and running after being more than three years in the making.
Although the school year began in February, new students spent the first month of high school at Hobsonville Point Primary School because of the building not being finished.
The first group of year 9 students moved into the state-of-the-art building at the beginning of this week.
Principal Maurie Abraham says it was a great learning experience spending the first month at the primary school.
"We concentrated on really building strong relationships with our kids while we had the time.
"It was great for staff as well because it gave the secondary teachers a way to see primary teachers in action."
The day was marked with a ceremony, farewelling the primary school and also acknowledging the three men who died in the December 2012 tornado while working on the school.
"We want to keep the memory of those men alive and honour their families," Mr Abraham says.
"It's been a long journey but we are finally here."
Having modern, flexible and open learning spaces with a variety of furniture will be the first point of difference for the school. Students will also be given control and influence over what and how they learn, the principal says.
The school has started out with a roll of 125 year 9 students and it expects to see more enrolments throughout the year. Year 10 students will start next year.
- Western Leader
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