'Design forums' to shape future schools

The Education Ministry will hold ''design forums'' for senior pupils, parents and teachers this month to shape 21st century schools.

Ministry property management general manager, Kim Shannon, said sessions were open to everyone ''with a view on what modern 21st century facilities should be like".

The ministry announced proposals in September to close 13 Canterbury schools and put 26 through some form of merger.

Affected schools are consulting with communities and must report back to the ministry by December 7.

Primary pupils will be asked for their views at the ministry's stand at next week's A&P show and senior pupils can attend a forum after NCEA exams on November 22.

Attendees will be asked for suggestions which will be translated into design concepts and presented to the community in early 2013, Shannon said.

Principals of recently-built schools will address the forums, which are open to anyone, whether their school is affected by the shake-up or not.

The first forum, focusing on primary school design, will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at Burnside High's Aurora Centre between 7 and 9pm.

A forum for the eastern suburbs will be held on Wednesday, November 21, at New Brighton's Grace Vineyard Church beach campus between 7 and 9pm.

The last forum, discussing secondary school design, will be held on Thursday, November 22, at Burnside High's Aurora Centre from 7 to 9pm.

The Press