Our ‘Master’ plan and vision for the progressive development of the grounds and buildings provided direction to the Board for locations for new classrooms and their servicing. Our role has involved preparation of design layouts and details for paths, courtyards, an amphitheatre, play spaces and planting. School parents helped to construct many projects and children participate in the planting of trees, shrubs and gain horticultural knowledge in the large vegetable garden.
The school is applauded for its creative play experiences, spatial layouts and extensive plantings that help provide shade and contribute to high quality school amenity.
Various projects were designed and project managed in collaboration with the school community, including courtyards, pathways, play areas, vegetable gardens and planting. In 2006 a joint project funded in partnership with the Christchurch City Council involved construction of a very unique playground area. The intent was to allow for good public access along the stream boundary with linkage to an adjacent sports facility.
The design referenced the ecology of the nearby stream. Features included ‘Pukeko eggs’, ‘Eel’ shaped climbing frames, ‘reed’ poles, a large climbing net and indigenous planting.
The ‘Master’ plan and vision for the progressive development of the school grounds was prepared in 2013. It provided direction to the Board for staged projects.
To date the school has improved the roadside boundary treatment, upgraded the junior and senior play areas and recently constructed a large shaded central amphitheatre area.
Future projects include sportsfield reconfiguration, perimeter bike track, fitness play and a unique central spine directing stormwater away from low-lying areas. The plan provides for seating spaces, creative play opportunities and extensive plantings.
The ‘Master’ plan of the school grounds was prepared in 2013 to provide direction to the Board for staged projects. The central part includes new security fencing, timber decking, accessible ramps and steps planting, seating and large timber containers for trees. The building and roofing have been painted and colour added to create a sense of vibrancy.
An historic cemetery with tombstones removed many years ago was referenced with low hedging used to define spaces for junior play. A large new vegetable garden area has been created linking to a play space with bespoke huts and other equipment around a large Oak tree.