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