New teaching spaces to be designed for school

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A major redevelopment of Gore High School is set to transform how the school delivers its teaching and learning, Gore High School rector John McKinlay says.

The school will be working with the Ministry of Education to design 12 teaching spaces within two new blocks, which will include drama and music facilities and a library hub, to replace older teaching blocks, the current music block and the library, which will be demolished.

The tech block will also be repaired and refurbished.

“The design of these new buildings will provide flexible and collaborative spaces which will enhance student learning as we will be able to deliver the curriculum in more innovative ways, McKinlay said.

“All of our students and their families have a strong sense of belonging in the Gore High School community. We will be taking our school community along on our design journey.

“We are also looking forward to working closely with the Hokonui Runanga and our whanau so that the new building design acknowledges tangata whenua and our local histories.

School board of trustees chairman Brendon Harrex said the school had worked hard with the Ministry of Education to achieve a plan that would support modern learning in Gore well into the future.

“The board has had a long-held desire to provide our community with more modern facilities that will support the current and future learning needs of students. It is fantastic to be able to continue our work with the ministry to make this a reality.

Design work will start in the new year and is expected to take 12-18 months.

As the design phases progress, this will inform the construction timeframe.