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Thursday, 21 March 2019 03:43 pm

New building to reflect Newtown’s multi-cultural roll

newtown 400Newtown Primary School’s new building is being designed to embrace about 50 cultures.

Principal Mark Brown, right, is excited by the project, which gained final approval from the Minister of Education in December last year.

“The design will incorporate art and structural qualities from different cultural groups within the community,” he says.

Despite a roll of around 330, Newtown Primary School recognises over 50 cultural groups and ethnicities.

The principal says ensuring an inclusive environment at the school is therefore paramount for both staff and members of the Board of Trustees.

“Everyone is accepted for who they are,” says Mr Brown, who explained that staff have been trained to understand the school’s wide range of cultures.

Construction of the new building is set for the end of year, with the ministry extending the initial plan to account for recent roll growth within the school.

Meanwhile time will be spent on detailing plans, pre-site development, and further earth testing.

The opportunity for the project arose in 2011 when 12 classrooms at the school were deemed an earthquake risk and subsequently demolished. They were replaced with temporary prefab buildings.

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