$13.5m redevelopment for Ohope Beach School

Whakatane news
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Local MP Anne Tolley was at Ohope Beach School with Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye this morning for the announcement of a $13.5 million redevelopment for the school.

“Ohope Beach School has a really strong partnership with its parents and whanau and has a great record for high achievement for students, and I’m thrilled with the new learning environment the school will offer,” Mrs Tolley says.

The redevelopment will include a new two-storey block encompassing 12 teaching spaces, along with a new administration block, a library, car-parking, and drop-off areas.

“The news is very welcome for the community, as the school has had a range of property problems, such as leaky buildings and flooding. The Board of Trustees, and the local community, has fought hard over the years to get these plans into place and they deserve great recognition.”

The redeveloped school will be built outside and above flood-prone areas to mitigate the risk of flooding from a nearby stream. 

“I’m sure the students, parents, and teachers will be very happy to get weather-tight buildings which will also provide more modern, flexible learning spaces,” says Mrs Tolley.

“Ohope Beach School is one of the seven schools which make up the Whakatane community of schools.  Communities of schools are all about sharing teaching expertise, collaborating, and creating more innovative teaching and learning to really raise achievement in our classrooms.

“I believe the new teaching spaces will help inspire that work and be a great new learning environment for students.”

Construction is expected to start by mid-2016.