Two new classrooms for Te Anau School

Clutha Southland MP (left), Te Anau School board chairman Grant Newcombe and principal Grant Excell (right) at the site where two new classrooms will be built.

Te Anau Primary School will get two new classrooms as part of an $800,000 funding boost from the Government, Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay announced today.

Mr Barclay made the announcement at Te Anau Primary School this morning, on behalf of Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

The new classrooms would help the school cater for projected roll growth, with an increasing number of families moving into the Te Anau area, Mr Barclay said.

“Te Anau Primary School has experienced steady growth over the past three years and this trend is expected to continue.".

The school’s roll grew from 189 students in October 2013 to 252 students in 2017.

“This growth was greater than anticipated and has created pressure on school facilities,” Mr Barclay said.

“In November last year, I visited and met with principal Grant Excell who talked to me about this and the real need for two new classrooms to meet the needs of current and future students."

“It was a real pleasure to come back and make this announcement today and share in Te Anau Primary School’s excitement over two new classrooms.”

The two new teaching spaces at Te Anau Primary School will be modular buildings – modern, permanent structures with an added advantage of being more adaptable.

The $800,000 announced today comes on top of around $36 million announced last June for school property in Clutha-Southland.

The June 2016 announcement included:

• around $25 million for Wakatipu High School to be relocated and rebuilt
• up to $11 million to redevelop Arrowtown Primary School

Earlier this month, Mr Barclay was named deputy chairman of Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee.

“Education is an area I am particularly passionate about and I want to ensure our local children have the infrastructure needed to support their learning,” he said.

“Modern, innovative learning environments support quality teaching and help students achieve to the best of their potential.”

Te Anau Primary School recently joined the Northern Southland FINS Community of Learning/Kahui Ako (CoL). Communities of Learning are about increasing student achievement, through early education services, schools and tertiary providers working together to share expertise and lift the quality of teaching and learning.


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