New look for Waterview School
It’s a case of “new year, new school” for the Auckland community of Waterview, which took possession of its redeveloped primary school in January, shortly before the start of Term 1.
Although not yet completed, the project has in essence created a brand new school, as the previous one was aged and had reached the end of its life.
Stage 1 of the $17 million upgrade has delivered 2 new buildings over 2 floors. This includes a multipurpose hall, library, staffroom and 12 flexible Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) to accommodate different teaching and learning needs.
Stage 2 is expected to finish in May. The redevelopment will allow the school to cater for an initial roll of 280.
Different learning environments help collaborative learning
Unlike traditional classrooms, where a teacher works with a single class, today’s teachers work more collaboratively with students, either in different sized groups or individually. This requires different sorts of learning spaces and some different teaching skills.
ILEs are being introduced in new schools as well as in school upgrades and provide high standards of lighting, acoustics, and air quality and the installation of new information technology and furniture.
Red brick has been used extensively in Waterview School’s construction, a reflection of the area’s heritage links to former brick works nearby at New Lynn. A large letter W shaped in the concrete flooring at the entrance greets visitors and school users. It has been shaped from bricks recovered from the previous school buildings, a design touch that blends the old and the new.
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