Sunday, 7 August 2011

Week 14 progress report

Week 1 of term 2 and we welcome our fabulous new Associate Principals to Hingaia Peninsula School. Hayley Ryan joins us from Dawson School after a short time at Point View School and Cole Paige joins us from Te Awa School in Napier.
This week we spent time on site and at the architects to allow Hayley and Cole to learn about the buildings and how they impact on our vision for teaching and learning. The 3D models that the architects use allow us to see how the rooms will look once they are complete and the site visits give a sense of scale and space. We have continued to investigate furniture and created an initial spreadsheet of items with plans of the studios. The discussions around which chair, what stool and table size and shape have been informed by visits and discussions with teachers and students at other schools as well as taking some children to the furniture showroom to try out some of the items and give us some honest feedback.
Our uniform is coming together with samples being made for establishment board approval. These designs are also "child tested" by our own children and we have consulted parents that have popped in to see us at the office. We hope to have samples to share at our community meeting along with indicative costings for the uniform.
We had an interesting meeting with the lanscape architects and the enviro schools consultant when we looked at the vision for the school in terms of sustainability, use of land, initial and future planting and how the students could be involved in the design of their environment. Together we made some changes to the initial plan, including a hedge of fruit trees, indicating placement of vege planters and a possible location for an orchard. We feel it is an important component of our development that we grow from being a green star school in terms of building to being an environmentally sustainable school in terms of operation and that the students are as fully involved in this learning as possible.
Other environmental issues affecting the school are transport related. We are in discussions with the council regarding the road and transit concerns on both Hingaia Road and the proposed school road as well as the continuation of the pavement on Hingaia Road to reach at least the junction of Oaklands Road. We are aware of the concern of prospective parents and have raised this issue with Auckland Council. While the work ongoing on the adjacent roads is not under the responsibility or control of the Ministry of Education, we are also concerned about the safety of our children and are working towards a solution in time for opening in February. We will keep you updated.
A busy week for us at HPS and a delight to have Hayley and Cole officially on board. Please pop in to meet them or come along to our community meeting on Wednesday 31 August from 7pm-8pm at Strathallan Library.

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