Construction of new Wakatipu High School to begin

The sods have been turned for the new Wakatipu High School in Queenstown. Construction on the Year 9 to 13 secondary school will begin early next month.

The new school site in Remarkables Park, Frankton means the Year 9 to 13 school will be able to expand its growing roll from around 840 to 1200.

Wakatipu High School will continue to operate from its current site until it moves.

The new facilities are being designed to allow future expansion that could cater for up to 1800 students on the site.

The new facilities will include a multipurpose theatre space, gym, specialist learning facilities, a dance studio, and a music rehearsal and recording studio. There will also be sports grounds for soccer, rugby and cricket and hard courts for netball and tennis.

Details of the design for Wakatipu High School are currently being finalised and the school has chosen to have an innovative learning environment.

Innovative learning environments include flexible learning spaces which can be adapted to suit different teaching and learning styles.

Wakatipu High School is one of four new schools to be built and maintained under the Ministry of Education’s second Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Site works will begin by the middle of this year, and actual construction by the end of 2016.

The Wakatipu High School community gathered to mark the start of construction on their new facilities.

The Wakatipu High School community gathered to mark the start of construction on their new facilities.
Photo credit: Guillaume Charton.

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