Parata: New school in Pegasus and Rangiora
The new Waikuku School will showcase a flexible, technologically advanced and energy-efficient style of schooling to be rolled out throughout greater Christchurch, according to Education Minister Hekia Parata.
She chose to announce the April start date for the building of the new school on-site at the Pegasus township today.
The Halswell School re-build will also begin in April and both schools will be completed in time for the start of the 2014 school year.
Ms Parata also said there were plans to build four schools in Canterbury over the next 10 years in Rolleston, Lincoln, Rangiora West and West Halswell. It is unclear when work will begin, or where exactly the schools will be.
Ms Parata was swamped by media when she arrived, with the news quickly overtaken by questions on the next phase of the Christchurch schools restructure, the on-going Novopay debacle and impending NZEI strike action.
The $1 billion re-structure of schooling in greater Christchurch was part of the government’s re-build of the region following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, she said.
‘‘Both Waikuku School and Halswell Primary School will showcase the kind of modern learning facilities that school communities and parents can look forward to for their children in greater Christchurch.
‘‘This includes new facilities with flexible spaces, access to ultra-fast broadband, and energy-efficient buildings, with plenty of natural light and fresh air.
‘‘These schools are designed to reflect the advice of education experts, to ensure that students can be taught using the latest techniques and technology.’’
Ms Parata said the re-build of Waikuku School will cost about $15 million and cater for up to 600 children.
‘‘In addition to Waikuku School and Halswell Primary School, we also have current plans to build four brand-new schools in Canterbury over the next 10 years,’’ Ms Parata said.