Parents curious about open learning spaces

 Potential new Te Kura O Take Karara school parent and pupil Tory and Casey (2) Robertson, of...
Potential new Te Kura O Take Karara school parent and pupil Tory and Casey (2) Robertson, of Cardrona Valley Rd, meet principal Jodie Howard and associate principal Daryl Gellatly at the ``connection session'' yesterday. PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH
"How will Wanaka's new primary school open plan learning places work?"

Te Kura O Take Karara principal Jodie Howard said that was the most common question asked, and not how to pronounce its name, at the drop-in sessions held for potential school parents in Wanaka yesterday.

Ms Howard, deputy principal Lisa Bailey and associate principal Daryl Gellatly hosted the ``connection sessions" in the temporary school office above Jack Rabbit restaurant, in Cardrona Valley Rd.

Ms Howard said the majority of parents were interested in the design of the open learning spaces and how they would function.

``The space has been designed, as someone described it to me, like a home - you have your open collaborative spaces like your living room but you also have your cosy spaces tucked away for children who like that sense of closure," she said.

Her team recently visited two schools of similar design in Christchurch and acoustically it was ``very calming".

Te Kura O Take Karara will cater for an annual roll of 400 but parents are being asked to lodge only an expression of interest.

Ms Howard planned to hold several more connection sessions next term and was working closely with other schools to hold an Upper Clutha schools night soon.

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