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Newtown School planning for the future

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News

NEWTOWN Primary School is joining many New Zealand schools by developing ‘modern learning environments’ for 21st century kids. 

The school aims to have 13 new classrooms completed and ready for use by 2016.

These classrooms will look different to traditionally styled ones, with more open and interactive spaces.

Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other while teaching and students will have the opportunity to move between flexible seating arrangements.

Learning spaces will have a more dynamic indoor-outdoor flow, with students able to learn in different areas instead of being confined to one classroom.

Principal of Newtown School, Mark Brown [RIGHT]  believes this will greatly benefit teachers and students.

“Young kids will be encouraged to think and manage themselves rather than rely on the class teacher at all times.”

He also says this will benefit teachers as they will be able to work with students in more creative ways.

Newtown School, like many others throughout the country is trying to enhance learning experiences and create spaces where kids have more creative freedom.

Mr. Brown says this is important as employers are looking for people who are problem solvers and self directed learners.

Architects are currently working with the school and the Newtown local community on the designs and The Ministry of Education is funding the developments.

Newtown school’s main teaching block was declared earthquake prone in 2011 and was demolished late 2012, with students transferred to temporary classrooms.

Despite the disruption this caused for the school, principal Mr. Brown is optimistic for the future.

“I have high expectations of the quality and opportunity for the school”, he says.

Despite it being his first year as Principal of Newtown School, he is already looking to implement innovative and modern learning ideas.

The school also has plans to become an enviro-school, encouraging environmental care and sustainability in the classrooms.

Mr. Brown hopes the initiative taken by the school will spread to the wider community

Newtown school will join 82 others in the Wellington region in what is a growing network of enviro-schools throughout New Zealand.



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