Flexible learning spaces and a satellite unit for students with hearing difficulties are among features of the new, $17.5 million Ormiston Primary School, which was officially opened on Friday by Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
“Ormiston Primary School is located in the burgeoning Flat Bush area, and is part of our wider plan to address rapid population growth in Auckland,” Ms Kaye said.
“There are now six schools in Flat Bush, with another two proposed. These schools will be necessary to meet an anticipated extra 1900 students over the next five to 10 years.”
The innovative learning environment at Ormiston Primary School, which began operating at the start of the 2015 school year, caters for all learning needs.
“Each space can enable students to learn individually or in small groups, depending on students’ needs and the school’s and teachers’ approach.
“Ormiston Primary School is the 17th school in New Zealand to be designed to the Green Building Council’s 5-Star Standard. This means it provides a sustainable learning environment, featuring lots of natural light and warmth, and energy-efficient lighting and heating.
“Combined with open and flexible teaching spaces, this makes the school an inspiring place to learn, helping students to achieve to the very best of their abilities,” Ms Kaye said.
“I am really pleased to see the satellite unit for the Kelston Deaf Education Centre located at the heart of the school, and to know that sign language is prominently used right across the school. This will help students with hearing difficulties integrate into school life and achieve educational success.
“I’d like to thank the local community for the role they’ve played in the school’s development.
“The resulting design reflects the needs and wishes of the community, and I’m sure it will be a proud focal point for families living in the area.”
Photo Courtesy Botany & Ormiston Times