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Earth Works Begin On New Manurewa College Site

Board of Trustees for the new secondary school for Manurewa East

Earthworks have begun on the site of a new state secondary school being built on land bordered by Alfriston and Porchester roads in Manurewa.

The works are creating a building platform for Whare, multi-storied classrooms, gymnasiums, sports-complex areas, courtyards, auditorium, and an administration centre.

Board of Trustees chairperson Maureen Hilyard says the works herald a whole new approach to secondary education for the new millennium’s students and teachers.

“This new state college will provide the very best learning experience for students. The college’s architecture utilises design concepts that embrace state-of-the-art computer technology within an environment that fully supports students’ and teachers’ needs,” Maureen Hilyard says.

The college is being built with the wider community in mind, and will embrace all cultures. The Board is working hard to design a college that will be a hive of activity for its community that will also provide complimentary facilities for other local schools.

“We intend to create a college that will be of benefit to its own students, local families, and students and teachers of other schools in the region.

“Facilities such as these also enable ‘virtual education’ to reach a national and international student-base. And as such, this Board is thinking outside the square,” Maureen Hilyard says.

Education Minister Trevor Mallard appointed five board of trustees members in December 2001. Maureen Hilyard, Tom Vanderlaan, Bernie Clarke, Karen Le Gallais, and Selwyn Manning’s job is to ensure the new school is open for students in January 2004.

The Board of Trustees would also like to know your thoughts on a new college name – proposed is Alfriston College. Submissions close March 8 and can be emailed to: or dropped into a comments box located at the Manurewa Library complex on Hill Road Manurewa.

For more information, contact Maureen Hilyard on phone: 025 497016 or Selwyn Manning on 021-664-286.

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