Construction begins at Rototuna school

At Saturday's ceremony...
At Saturday’s ceremony…

Work has begun on construction of Rototuna’s new school. Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye turned the soil at a ceremony on Saturday of Rototuna Junior High School.  Guests included MPs Tim Macindoe and David Bennett, Julie Hardaker and Sue Moroney.   The local community, parents and children, turned out as well.

The school is estimated to cost $40 million to build and will have capacity for up to 1200 students from years seven to 10. It is due to open at the start of 2016.

“Like all new schools being built in New Zealand, Rototuna Junior High will provide fresh, exciting and modern learning environments. The way young people are taught has changed immensely and schools are now designed to support this new approach.”

The school will have adaptable, open plan learning spaces, specialist music suites, visual and performing arts studios and recording studios.

It is being built to attain a 5-Star Green Building rating, and will harvest rainwater for non-drinking purposes, have high levels of insulation and maximum natural ventilation and lighting.

“With its fantastic facilities, Rototuna Junior High will be a great asset for the community and a great place of learning for all the kids who will go there from 2016 on.”

The school will serve the fast-growing community in Hamilton North, and provide transition from several primary schools, including Rototuna, Te Totara, Waikato Waldorf, Horsham Downs, Gordonton and Puketaha, as well as the soon to open Endeavour School.

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