New school open home

Pictured: Establishment Board of Trustee members Anna Roseingrave, Amy Watson, Ian Hall (Board Chair), Jude McArthur, Liz Hawker and principal Jodie Howard.| Photo: Supplied

The new primary school in Thee Parks is opening its metaphorical doors this afternoon (Thursday, March 14) to welcome all members of the community to have a look around the architectural design and meet the Board.

The open home is a drop-in session between 5pm and 7pm with official introductions and announcements at 6pm. Construction company, Southbase, is putting on a free sausage sizzle.

Ian Hall, Establishment Board of Trustees chair says, “We will be able to clarify the enrollment zone between Wanaka Primary School and our school. Students who are starting new will come to ‘Wanaka South’ if in zone. If current students are at Wanaka Primary School, then those parents have the option of choosing. We won’t be encouraging anybody one way or the other. Parents need to make their own decision.”

For parents still undecided, there is no pressure to make a choice. “Parents don’t need to decide until the first day of school in 2020,” says Hall. “But obviously we want to hire teachers this year, so in term three we will be asking parents to give us an indication, but it is without commitment.”

Whilst there had been some anticipation that the name of the school may be announced today, Hall says it is still a little way off with discussions with Ngai Tahu and the Ministry of Education still in process.

“So you’re invited to an open home with no buildings and no name,” he says. But he assures there is still a lot to see and discover about what will be a cornerstone of Wanaka life for generations to come.

The open home will take place  on the lawn adjacent to Wanaka Recreation Centre car park (look for the marquee).


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