Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Check out the colours!

While much of the new building's interior and exterior will have a neutral colour scheme, there will be splashes of colour. These will tie in with the four Ashgrove house groups, each of which has a home mountain and a colour: Karetu (yellow), Richardson (red), Grey (green)  and Thomas (blue). The Allenvale School's satellite classes will have purple as the feature colour.

We are looking forward in the upcoming months to being able to start working on concepts for the landscaping and playground areas. We are hoping for great ideas and continued involvement from the community so as to provide the best physical environment possible for our learners. Later in the year we will look at putting together a consultative group with representatives from across the school to work on this project.

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

 



                  
 
 
 

 
 







Sunday, 14 February 2016

Welcome back for the new year at Ashgrove. Corbel Construction will begin taking control of the building site for our new learning spaces tomorrow. As explained in the latest Ashgrove Update newsletter, there will be no pedestrian entry off McKenzie Place once the fence is up. Please be aware that due to construction we are not able to park on McKenzie Place either. The work on our new building is likely to be completed mid November. There will be a special opening before the building will be used, and at this stage the opening is being planned for February 2017.  

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Recently we have been working with the Architects, Brewer Davidson, from Auckland on the finer details of the design. At our last meeting we discussed in detail the framing, heating and lighting amongst other things. The schedule is on track with the final design drawings to be made available to the Ministry of Education for sign off by the end of July. By August the tender process will be in progress and building on site will hopefully happen soon after.  
 
Christine Chadwick
 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Here are the perspective drawings for our fabulous new building! The design is still progressing and subject to change.

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

Saturday, 21 February 2015

If you missed hearing Christine Chadwick talk about Ashgrove's building programme in the interview with Jared McCulloch on CTV News Thursday 19th Feb, you can click on the link below. You may recognise some of the children!

CTV News

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

There have been some fairly significant changes happening to our school grounds during January and February with the relocation of Rooms 19-22.  This has now been completed thanks to Logic Group’s efficient management and some seriously long hours put in by Corbel Construction.

The teachers from the Mahuri Learning Team have done a stand-out job of setting up their classes in short term spaces to start the year. While no doubt they are looking forward to moving into the relocatables, I think Room 22 might miss having the whole hall as their classroom space!

Shannon Beynon from the Northern Outlook has been out to have a look at progress. You may have seen her article on Wednesday 18th February which outlined the proposed plans for our new learning environment, and the opportunities this will allow us to offer students.

The exterior plans for the new building are looking very impressive! The BOT and staff have had the opportunity to look over these very closely and give feedback. The goal is to create a flexible, durable building that will excite children and tie into the look of the rest of the school, and our residential setting. The preliminary plans are currently being finalised and we hope to see building commence midyear.  

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove BOT                                                                                                               



 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Have a look at these!

This is the proposed site option and floor plan for our new Modern Learning classroom spaces designed by Brewer Davidson Architects Ltd.  Currently the BOT, Management and Staff are in the process of looking over these plans closely and providing feedback. There have been a number of design meetings to date and we feel we are getting close to a final design that will work effectively for our school.  We are still aiming to begin the process of relocating Rooms 19-22 near the end of the holidays to make way for the new building.

We wish you and your family an enjoyable, sunny and safe Christmas break.

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove School BOT