Demographics determine school plans

Hawea Flat School in 2022. The Ministry of Education intends to move the school to Lake Hawea,...
Hawea Flat School in 2022. The Ministry of Education intends to move the school to Lake Hawea, nealry 9km away. PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK
Data revealing that Lake Hawea’s future population will be concentrated around the lake and village was a significant factor in the Ministry of Education’s decision to relocate Hawea Flat School.

Ministry of Education Hautu Te Tai Runga (leader, South) Nancy Bell told the Otago Daily Times the Queenstown Lakes District Council population projections and spatial plan had revealed Lake Hawea would be the right place for a school that could meet the future needs of the Hawea community.

It is now searching for a suitable building site in the range of 3ha to 4ha.

"We know that we will have to expand schooling to meet future growth and want to ensure it will be in the right place that provides the greatest level of access for the majority of families.

"This is why we are starting to plan for the potential relocation of Hawea Flat School," Ms Bell said.

She said planning was in its early stages and the ministry would work with the school and school community.

It would take 7-10 years to deliver a new school, so in the meantime eight new relocatable classrooms were being built to cater for ongoing roll growth.

"These buildings are light, spacious and built for modern teaching practice and are able to be re-sited should we need to do so in the future," Ms Bell said.

She confirmed the wider Hawea community would have opportunities to contribute to site planning and future learning priorities.

The acquisition process was guided by the Public Works Act and it was too early for wider community engagement now, Ms Bell said.

The ministry would continue to keep the school board updated and consult the community when the time was right, she said.

--  marjorie.cook@odt.co.nz

 

 

 

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