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Minister opens Taieri's new $1.4m technology suite

Hon Trevor Mallard
Minister of Education

5 August 2005 Media Statement

Minister opens Taieri's new $1.4m technology suite

Taieri College’s new $1.4 million technology suite was opened today by Education Minister Trevor Mallard.

Taieri College was formed in January 2004 after the merger of Taieri High School and Mosgiel Intermediate. That merger and subsequent roll growth generated an extra $8.3 million in funding for school building improvements over five years.

“I am delighted that the additional property funding has enabled Taieri College to build a modern technology suite that will be used by students throughout the Taieri district,” Trevor Mallard said. “The new technology suite is an exciting example of good design and innovative construction methods and materials.

"The government is committed to providing strong public services such as schools that are modern, up-to-date, enjoyable learning environments.

“I have been very impressed with the progress the College’s board has made in providing this technology suite and other new facilities. I’d like to congratulate the board for their energy, commitment and drive in making these improvements a reality for the students.”

Since 2004 Taieri College has undertaken a number of major building projects, in addition to the three new technology rooms, including:

- an 11 classroom teaching block for Year 7 and 8 students

- an upgraded library, staffroom, principal’s office, classroom block and heating system

- relocating the agriculture/horticulture laboratory, propagation room and garden area

- provision of centralised special needs facilities and improved disability access

- new asphalted playing areas, ancillary sheds and car parks.

“It is especially pleasing that the College’s excellent new facilities will also benefit Year 7 and 8 students from neighbouring full primary schools, as those students will be able to use the suite to further their technology studies as well,” Trevor Mallard said.

“The new technology suite matches the strong emphasis in the Taieri area on innovation and technology, for example, at local companies such as Fisher and Paykel and the Invermay Agricultural Centre.

“That means there are also exciting opportunities for partnerships that will enable Taieri College students to be well prepared for future employment and enterprise,” Trevor Mallard said.

ENDS

5 August 2005 Speech Notes

Opening of Taieri College's new technology suite


Good morning everyone. It is great to be here in Otago for the opening of your school’s new $1.4 million technology suite.

Principal Christina Herrick, board chair Steve Fitzgerald, board members, staff, invited guests and especially students, thank you for your warm welcome.

How stylish you all look in your new school uniform – the blue and gold of Otago. I have been hearing many fine things about your school and I know you wear your uniform with pride.

Your college got off the ground in January last year with the merger of Taieri High School and Mosgiel Intermediate. What wonderful progress your school has made since then.

This new technology suite has been funded by the merger and subsequent roll growth at your college – with a total of some $8.3 million for school building improvements being made available over five years.

I am delighted this additional property funding has meant your college got the green light to build a new technology suite for use by students from throughout the Taieri district.

Year 7 and 8 students from neighbouring full primary schools will also be using these facilities.

I am very impressed with the progress your board has made in providing this technology suite and the other new facilities here since the merger.

These include improvements to your outside areas, more classrooms and an upgrade for the library and the staffroom and principal’s office – which I am sure they all appreciate.

Your school is probably the only one in the country providing a specialised horticultural and agricultural laboratory complete with a propagating room.

For you students, a school’s role is to prepare you for the future so you are equipped with the skills you need to make the most of every opportunity – whether this is in science, technology, the arts or sport.

Your role is to get on with the job and make the most of your time here at Taieri College.

These new facilities provide you with many opportunities to extend your learning. I am sure you will enjoy everything they have to offer.

Government wants every student, no matter who they are and no matter what their background to have the best possible education to meet their individual needs and strengths.

We also want parents and communities to be involved in your education because we know you do better as a result. I know your school gets tremendous support from your community.

There is a strong emphasis in the Taieri area on innovation and technology with local companies Fisher and Paykel and the Invermay Agricultural Centre just two examples.

I know local businesses have developed partnerships with your school which help to prepare you for future employment and enterprise opportunities.

I want to congratulate the school and board for fostering these partnerships and for their energy and commitment in continually improving the school to provide a positive learning environment for everyone here.

Your new technology suite is an exciting example of good design and innovative practice in construction methods and materials.

Congratulations to everyone involved in getting this project off the ground. Best wishes to you all.

I am looking forward to seeing some of your new facilities and meeting some of you at work in the classroom.

I take great pleasure in officially declaring the new technology suite at Taieri College officially open.

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