September, 2019The Government is pumping $27 million into Central Otago and
Southland schools to help cater for growth, including $17 million for a
new primary school near Queenstown.
Minister of Education Chris Hipkins released the education growth plans
for the Otago/Southland region at Queenstowns Shotover Primary
School this morning.
We know Queenstown is one of the fastest growing areas in the country
and we need to be ready for it. The plan forecasts new classrooms and
schools for about 5000 extra students may be needed in Otago and
Southlands highest growth areas by 2030, he said.
The previous Government didnt adequately plan for growth and for
too long schools have had to make do by using libraries and school halls
when their school rolls increased.
The new school and classrooms will allow for an extra 840 pupils.
We need to make sure families in some of our fastest growing areas
around the country can be confident their local schools will have
enough space for their kids, Mr Hipkins said.
The announcement was part of the wider National Education Growth
Plan which forecasts that an additional 100,000 new student places are
needed across the country by 2030.
The new primary school, located at Hanleys Farm near Queenstown,
will provide space for 400 pupils.
In addition, $10 million has been earmarked for up to 20 new
classrooms, accommodating 440 pupils, at five schools in Central Otago
Shotover Primary School will receive six new classrooms for 132 pupils,
both Alexandra School and Hawea Flat School at Wanaka will get four
new classrooms for 88 pupils apiece, and both Garston School and
Cromwell Primary School will get three new classrooms providing an
additional 66 student places each.
Mr Hipkins said further announcements will be made for schools in the
area when planning is more advanced.
Source: Mountain Scene
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