Learning centre built for small groups of pupils

ELYSIA TILBROOK
Last updated 05:00 02/10/2012
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Waikoikoi School students, from left, Peter Miller, 7, Boston Setefano, 5, and Sophie Crawford, 5, enjoy the school's new learning centre.

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Teaching at Waikoikoi School will be a lot easier with a newly built learning centre.

The soundproof room is connected to each of the school's two classrooms and includes the school's library.

It will predominantly be used as a teaching space for smaller groups of pupils.

School secretary Vanessa Crawford said the room used to be the boys' toilets and a cleaning cupboard.

"But we thought we could utilise it better," she said.

The room would come in handy because there had been five new pupils in the past month.

"The influx of kids means the space has diminished because of new desks, so it will come in very handy," she said.

The room could be used to separate a particular age group, such as when the college principal came to the school to speak to year 6 pupils, Mrs Crawford said.

Waikoikoi School now has 32 pupils, the highest number in about 10 years.

The upgrade cost $40,000 and was funded though the five-year property plan from the Education Ministry, while the furniture and library catalogue system was funded by the Waikoikoi home and school committee.

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