The Ministry of Education has announced a staged opening for
Shotover Primary School, Otago's newest school, for the
beginning of term one next year.
The primary school will open on term 1 with years 1 to 4 ,
and to pupils from years 5 to 8 in term 1, 2016.
The $14 million year 1 to 8 school is being built on 3ha of
land at the Shotover Country residential development and will
cater for 500 pupils.
It is needed to ease overcrowding at the resort's other
Shotover Primary School Establishment Board of Trustees
chairwoman Sally Mingaye-Hall said the decision was made to
ensure the first pupils gained a solid foundation.
''We have two learning communities due open in 2015 term 1,
which will meet the needs of the first intake,'' she said.
''The further additional learning communities are due to open
later in the year, but rather than attempt to take year 5 to
8 students mid-way through the year, we will concentrate on
ensuring everything is in order in that first year, and
welcome them in 2016.''
The draft school zone released by the ministry proposes
including houses in Shotover Country, Lake Hayes Estate,
Quail Rise, Dalefield and some of Arthur's Point.
''The proposed enrolment area is wide, so we also need to be
ready for all eventualities.''
Stage 1 of the build will include an administration block, as
well as classrooms.
A learning community provides a space that can contain up to
three class groups and three or more teachers and is a format
being adopted in most schools throughout New Zealand.
In recent months, members of the Shotover Primary School
community have had the opportunity to meet principal Ben
Witheford, share their opinions and become involved in
developments including a logo, uniform development and the
''The community have decided that they do want a uniform. We
have sent out tenders which are due back next month ... from
there we will send out a sample garment and decide from
The board, principal and new associate principals Claire
Buist and Helen Ahern will now look at equipment purchases
and recruiting additional staff.
An executive assistant and team leaders will be recruited
over the next few months.
- Alastair Lynn