Tuesday, 23 May 2017

New Mahuri block now open, Senior Playground, Block One upgrade, School Hall recladding

Firstly, apologies that it has been sometime since we updated the blog site.

We had a change of members on the Ashgrove Board and unfortunately we did not have anyone available to write for this site.

Building Updates:

With the completion of the Mahuri Block the benefits of modern learning environment is apparent with collaborative learning and inquiry developing our students' skills to succeed, it is so wonderful to see this modern building being used by our children.

As you will be well aware - we now have our students in the lovely new Mahuri learning environment and they are joined by the Allenvale students and their purpose built facilities.

There are some photos of the opening (which was attending by the Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey and the Waimakiriri Mayor David Ayers), on our school website via the school photo's page, however below is the finished building:

Other exciting developments include the refurbishment of block one (rooms 10 to 13). Plans are currently being developed by the architect for stage one of the development and these will be approved by the BOT. We have however, started the tender process for finding a contractor to perform the refurbishment, Registrations of Interest should be expected within the month of June. Again this will be based on the modern learning environment and space that the Mahuri block have adapted:

The school hall is about to be reclad. There have been issues with the ingress of water into numerous points of the hall. As the school hall is the Ministry of Education's asset, they will be running this project with their preferred tenderer and the BoT and school management will be a part of the consultation process to ensure the smooth operation of the school is not effected. It will also need to be consented by the Council.

For the first time in its history, Ashgrove School is about to become fully fenced on all of its parameters. This will ensure the children are kept safe and also with the idea that large gates opening onto the park will still provide the access needed for emergency vehicles.

The PTA have worked so hard to fund raise over $40,000 for our new senior playground. We have also been successful with some recent grants which takes us to a total of $60,000. However, we still need a bit more to get the playground project started, but in the meantime, here are some draft plans of what it we could expect to see:

As you can see from the above, we have a lot of improvements for our school environment and we hope this will be done with minimal disruption to our children, staff and community.

Megan McNay - Ashgrove BoT

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Check out the colours!

While much of the new building's interior and exterior will have a neutral colour scheme, there will be splashes of colour. These will tie in with the four Ashgrove house groups, each of which has a home mountain and a colour: Karetu (yellow), Richardson (red), Grey (green)  and Thomas (blue). The Allenvale School's satellite classes will have purple as the feature colour.

We are looking forward in the upcoming months to being able to start working on concepts for the landscaping and playground areas. We are hoping for great ideas and continued involvement from the community so as to provide the best physical environment possible for our learners. Later in the year we will look at putting together a consultative group with representatives from across the school to work on this project.

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT




Sunday, 14 February 2016

Welcome back for the new year at Ashgrove. Corbel Construction will begin taking control of the building site for our new learning spaces tomorrow. As explained in the latest Ashgrove Update newsletter, there will be no pedestrian entry off McKenzie Place once the fence is up. Please be aware that due to construction we are not able to park on McKenzie Place either. The work on our new building is likely to be completed mid November. There will be a special opening before the building will be used, and at this stage the opening is being planned for February 2017.  

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Recently we have been working with the Architects, Brewer Davidson, from Auckland on the finer details of the design. At our last meeting we discussed in detail the framing, heating and lighting amongst other things. The schedule is on track with the final design drawings to be made available to the Ministry of Education for sign off by the end of July. By August the tender process will be in progress and building on site will hopefully happen soon after.  
Christine Chadwick

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Here are the perspective drawings for our fabulous new building! The design is still progressing and subject to change.

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

Saturday, 21 February 2015

If you missed hearing Christine Chadwick talk about Ashgrove's building programme in the interview with Jared McCulloch on CTV News Thursday 19th Feb, you can click on the link below. You may recognise some of the children!

CTV News

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

There have been some fairly significant changes happening to our school grounds during January and February with the relocation of Rooms 19-22.  This has now been completed thanks to Logic Group’s efficient management and some seriously long hours put in by Corbel Construction.

The teachers from the Mahuri Learning Team have done a stand-out job of setting up their classes in short term spaces to start the year. While no doubt they are looking forward to moving into the relocatables, I think Room 22 might miss having the whole hall as their classroom space!

Shannon Beynon from the Northern Outlook has been out to have a look at progress. You may have seen her article on Wednesday 18th February which outlined the proposed plans for our new learning environment, and the opportunities this will allow us to offer students.

The exterior plans for the new building are looking very impressive! The BOT and staff have had the opportunity to look over these very closely and give feedback. The goal is to create a flexible, durable building that will excite children and tie into the look of the rest of the school, and our residential setting. The preliminary plans are currently being finalised and we hope to see building commence midyear.  

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT