Media Statement - Taupo MP welcomes $9 million redevelopment funding for Cambridge High School

Electorate news
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MP for Taupo, Louise Upston today welcomed the announcement by Education Minister Hekia Parata, that the only local state secondary school in the electorate, Cambridge High School, is one of two schools in the Waikato that has received funding for major redevelopments.

“This is exciting news for Cambridge High School as the investment will see a new two-storey block built to replace an old 1953 block.

“It’s another opportunity to create an innovative learning environment featuring flexible learning spaces that support a range of teaching and learning approaches,” Ms Upston says.

“A number of other old, poor condition buildings at the school will also be renovated.

“Cambridge is a prosperous town with a growing community and the redevelopment will see the total number of teaching spaces at the school increased to accommodate a growing roll,” says Ms Upston.

Ms Upston says the Government is committed to seeing students excel and investing in school infrastructure and providing the right, modern learning environment, is integral to this commitment.

Construction is expected to begin in 2018.



About innovative learning environments

Unlike traditional classrooms, where teachers addressed students from the front of the class, today’s teachers work more collaboratively with each other and students, in small and large groups and individually according to students’ learning needs.

When new schools are built or existing schools upgraded, this is an opportunity to create comfortable, well-connected and flexible learning spaces that support the creation of an innovative learning environment.

These spaces can be changed to support a range of teaching and learning approaches on any given day, and are also able to adapt to broader changes as education practices evolve over time. Acoustics, lighting, technology, heating and air quality are of a high standard to help students concentrate on learning.

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