The Warkworth Primary School senior campus redevelopment has been given the go ahead. During a visit to the school today Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced at least $13 million will be invested.
She says 10 existing classrooms on the senior campus for Years 4 to 6 will be replaced with 14 new classrooms, along with renewed administration, library and resource spaces.
The announcement follows the $7.6 million redevelopment of the school’s junior campus, which saw a new 16-classroom block, administration area and hall for Years 1 to 3 open last year.
The Minister says Warkworth Primary School was a high-performing school playing an increasingly important role as Auckland’s population spreads northwards. The redevelopments mean the school will offer fantastic facilities which set it up for the future.
“Warkworth is at the heart of the massive growth in Auckland, essentially we need to get ahead of that growth.
“We’ve also got some pretty old buildings here and it will make a difference for young people to have a seamless modern learning environment.”
School principal Cynthia Holden said they had to use a library for an extra classroom this year to accommodate the growing roll. The new classrooms will allow for 120 new students but were also needed to replace old rooms built in 1945.
“We are delighted for the Warkworth community and delighted for the children that they will get innovative learning environments that are purpose built for the style of teaching and future focused learners. I’m really excited about the future of education for our students,” Cynthia says.
The redevelopment was due to be completed by 2019. Cynthia says it was important the modern learning environment of the junior campus would carry on to the senior campus.
“It was going to be challenging to have different teaching styles in each area,” Cynthia says.