Ceremony marks opening of $18.5 million Shotover Primary School

Issue: Volume 95, Number 12

Posted: 4 July 2016
Reference #: 1H9d2c

Shotover Primary School, one of the country’s newest schools, has been officially opened in Queenstown.

The school first opened its doors to students at the start of 2015 and now the innovative new facilities have been officially opened with the unveiling of a plaque.

Ministry Head of Education Infrastructure Jerome Sheppard says Shotover Primary School is a great example of a 21st century school with modern, bright and flexible learning spaces.

“Shotover Primary School was built to meet the education needs of a rapidly growing community,” he says.

“There is a lot happening in the Queenstown and Lakes area, and we are working hard to ensure we keep up and provide the schools that are needed.”

The $18.5 million school was built in three stages and includes 20 teaching spaces, an administration block and a library.

With the assistance of Queenstown Lakes District Council a large, multi-purpose hall was also built, which will also benefit the wider community.

The school has achieved a design 5-star rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council for its use of modern technologies. These include underfloor heating, natural ventilation and sunlight and C02, energy and water use monitoring that students can see and learn from.

The school is part of the Wakatipu Basin Community of Learning, which involves all eight schools in the Queenstown area working together to raise student achievement.

You can find more information about Communities of Learning on the Ministry Of Education website(external link)

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, reporter@edgazette.govt.nz

Posted: 5:48 PM, 4 July 2016

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