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It was great to see the announcement made last week by Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education, regarding the $13.4 million investment in Warkworth Primary School. I have been involved in the upgrade and rebuild of the school since I was first approached for support by school principal Cynthia Holden and then board chair Chris Murphy.

It has been the focus, drive and energy of the board, principal and wider school community that has seen the funds committed at the level required to deliver the options that the school wanted and asked for. It has been my role to step in and help move the process forward when needed. I’d like to acknowledge the Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye, who has been engaged and receptive throughout the process.

The school’s revamped junior campus, with its new 16-classroom block, administration area and hall for Years 1 to 3, opened last year; a $7.6 million redevelopment.  Now it is the senior campus’s turn to see the 10 existing classrooms for Years 4 to 6 demolished, and replaced with 14 new classrooms, along with renewed administration, library and resource spaces.

This final stage in the rebuild will allow the children and staff access to a modern purpose-built environment, which will facilitate the teaching and learning of the next generation.

Column in Local Matters NZ

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