Catering for massive residential growth in the area, a new school, Nukumea Primary, will open in Ōrewa next year.
Earthworks at the site, adjacent to Crozier Place, began in March last year, but Covid-19 related issues delayed progress.
Foundations are now laid for the school hall and main block, and construction work is speeding up.
At the end of last year, Principal Steve Mouldey was appointed, and he is working on the school policies and curriculum, logo and branding.
At the start of August, enrolments will open for foundation students, and Steve says they will begin interviewing teachers soon.
Initial enrolment is expected to be around 80-100 pupils, but the school can cater for 420 and the Ministry of Education proposed it could eventually have up to 700.
Included in an agreement reached between Auckland Transport and the Ministry is that any increase in the school roll must be supported by measures to increase the proportion of students using transport such as walking, cycling, scooters and buses. This is so that the impact on the road network, during pick up and drop off times, remains at a maximum of 198 vehicles – the most that it’s estimated the network can safely support.
Although work is well underway, the exact location of the school is a bit hard to pin down or locate on a map as subdivision is taking place around it and several roads are not yet named.
Steve says they will begin holding community meetings to provide more information about the school next month.
Backstories April 1, 2021, November 18, 2020