January, 2018After four years of planning, building and moving, about 100 staff and
1000 students will embark on a new chapter in the history of Wakatipu
High School soon with the opening of the brand-spanking new Frankton
After a staged opening in which year 10 to 13 students will come for
orientation sessions and year 9 newbies will visit, the $50 million-plus
campus will operate at full noise for the first time.
Principal Steve Hall calls it a significant step in the life of
Queenstowns high school, which has had various incarnations and
homes since it was founded in the 1930s.
Parents will have the chance to tour the school. Next its the publics
turn staff will be guiding 75-minute tours of the two-storey, 10,000-
square-metre camp-us on Saturday at 10.30am and 1pm.
Hall says the big move from Gorge Road has gone swimmingly.
There are still a few teething problems and things we will continue to
work through, and that will go on for some time.
The buildings high-tech climate control system, which measures and
controls its temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels,
struggled in last weeks heat.
The problems now been sorted.
Generally its gone really, really well.
While acknowledging the issues some Wakatipu schools are having with
teacher recruitment in the face of the resorts housing shortage and
high cost of living, his school is fully staffed.
That follows what he reckons was probably the best year of staffing
weve had in my time.
Source: Mountain Scene.
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