Two new Rolleston schools ready to open

Final preparations are wrapping up ahead of the opening of two schools in Rolleston next week.

The booming Canterbury town will get its first secondary school, Rolleston College, and its fifth primary school, Lemonwood Grove School.

Rolleston College is set on a 6.4 hectare section southwest of Christchurch on the corner of Broadlands Drive and Springston-Rolleston Rd, just behind the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.

Twenty-five staff, including teachers and management, started on Monday.

Rolleston College principal Steve Saville took up his new role in October 2015. He was formerly deputy principal at Alfriston College in Auckland, a position he held for eight years.

Saville said the college had five major learning spaces, with a series of flexible learning spaces within those areas.

"We also have specialist rooms for things like music, dance, theatre and the like."

While a uniform has been set for juniors, pupils will have the chance to help select the senior uniform.

Freeman expected opening day to be quite overwhelming, for not only herself, but the rest of the board, organising team, and staff.

Before becoming a member of the establishment board three years ago, she had been working unofficially on the project since 2000.

She and the five others on the board – Lynley Shaw, Neil Voyce, Greg Knowles, Darren Sudlow, and Liz Brown – are the same members as when the board formed in April 2014.

The community had wanted its own school, with its own identity, and had a lot of input into the creation of Rolleston College, Freeman said.

Also opening next week is Lemonwood Grove School.

It is located on a 4ha section on East Maddisons Rd, serving population growth in the southern area of Rolleston, particularly the Faringdon subdivision.

Foundation principal Sean Bailey said five teachers would cater to the 50 pupils due to start on Monday.

The school has space to grow to a roll of 750. 

Collaborative learning spaces extend to teachers who are required to hot desk in the administration building called "The Grove", he said.

"If the learners see the teachers demonstrating the behaviour they will change and adapt to that."

The library is the "information landscape", while classrooms are "learning landscapes" that can hold up to 150 students each.

"We want kids to walk away on day one thinking 'wow, that was amazing' but we want it to be authentic as well."

Bailey, who was previously principal at Ladbrooks School for five years, said Rolleston's newest primary aimed to focus on engagement, motivation and enjoyment.