The Gardens School in the Papakura electorate will undergo one of the largest redevelopments of a school in New Zealand, with up to $22 million set to be spent addressing weather tightness and structural issues, Papakura MP Judith Collins says.
“In effect, the school is being rebuilt taking account the population growth we’re experiencing as well as fitting into the Government’s plan to create modern learning environments,” Ms Collins says.
“It’s also important our learning spaces are safe, connected and fit for purpose. At the moment the school is operating out of a number of temporary classrooms so it’s vital the school is upgraded.
“We all want our children to receive the best education and ensuring our local schools have facilities that are up to standard is a major part of providing top quality education,” Ms Collins says.
The Gardens School has been identified as one of 30 schools around the country with the most complex structural issues. The Government is investing approximately $300 million in major redevelopments at schools across the country with the most complex structural issues.
Construction at The Gardens School is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2017.