Makerspaces are collaborative workshops where our students will gain practical hands-on experience across our specialist areas. They also provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A Makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. These flexible environments will give ANI students the opportunity to experience all our specialist areas, individually or collaboratively – and is an ideal platform for projects that work across subject area.
This project is still in the planning stage – with building consent and procurement processes both underway. The current plan has off-site build of these spaces starting in the next few weeks. Installation is planned to run through December and be completed in late January – ready for use at the beginning of the 2020 school year.
The specialist team and the wider ANI teaching staff, are really excited to see what opportunities these spaces will bring in 2020. Whilst Makerspaces are being used in other schools in NZ, ANI will be the first Intermediate school to make this change. If you’re interested to hear more about this initiative – see website Makerspaces / Future-focused learning / Teaching / enabling e-Learning – enabling eLearning
This is where we’ve seen all the action, a huge milestone for ANI – we’ve waited a long time for this! As a school, we have spent considerable effort over the past years transitioning all our classrooms to Innovative Learning Environments. Following on from January’s fire, we felt it was important that we continued with this and ensure that all teachers were enabled to teach in a similar style, regardless of whether they were housed in a permanent or relocatable classroom, so we’ve taken care in selecting which relocatable classrooms were right for ANI.
From here, the construction team will complete work to make these classrooms ready for use – connecting services and building decking, ramps, walkways etc. This work is currently scheduled to run until early December.
In 2020, our year 7 classes will be housed in these classrooms.
The fenced off construction site has been reduced, providing the school with additional playground area. This area has been tar-sealed, and courts marked out – with a fabulous new basketball set up being installed currently.
The remaining construction site has more permanent wooden fencing surrounding it – we’re still thinking through options to personalise this for ANI
The university have kindly offered us use of the lower field – this will have soccer field markings and goals added.