Amesbury School is committed to developing a 21st Century Learning environment and providing an environment that caters for the needs of all students. Our purpose built 21st Century environment will allow us to work flexibly to ensure all children’s learning is engaging, meaningful, personalised, joyful and empowering.
Our school is a flexible learning environment with strong indoor/outdoor flow, connecting the school buildings with the outdoor learning environment, thereby emphasising the important point that learning happens everywhere.
We have a hall, library, large meeting room, teachers’ workrooms, media room and parents’ area with coffee making facilities. Our grounds include two playgrounds, two courts and a three quarter length soccer pitch. Further outdoor environments are currently being considered. The hall has a half size basketball court and hoop, and is marked out for 2 badminton courts.
The school has been built initially with 5 suites of rooms with each suite being the equivalent space of two traditional classrooms. The picture shown does not reflect the furniture we intend to have in our suites (see further information below regarding furnishings).
The flexibility means that each suite contains several spaces where a variety of learning activities can take place or it can be opened up into larger open spaces. The buildings are designed to ensure these reconfigurations of the spaces can occur very easily and naturally - providing a range of flexible learning spaces allowing teachers to meet a wide range of learning needs.
Our school currently consists of three streets (more traditionally known as 'blocks'). The senior street comprises three suites and the junior street is made up of two suites. Our admin street houses the library, parent area, reception area and hall.
The streets help to maintain the view of our school as a neighbourhood and an extension of the Churton Park community.
Our vision is for each suite (which has several spaces and a range of possible configurations) to be furnished as a single space, accommodating learners in a variety of contexts across the space and utilising a range of furniture to facilitate this. There will be a mix of more traditional table and chair furnishings as well as soft furnished stools, ottomans, bean chairs and other soft seating to facilitate the different configurations of learning. It is also expected that with the water conducted underfloor heating that runs throughout the school, the floor will be significantly used for some activities, most particularly by students.
Concern for the environment: 5 Green Star Rating
Amesbury School will achieve a 5 Green Star Rating.
The Green Star rating system was developed by the NZ Green Building Council in partnership with the building industry. Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating scheme that evaluates a building's environmental impact based on site selection, design, construction and maintenance. The categories that buildings are evaluated against are:
• Indoor Environment Quality
• Land Use & Ecology
Credits are awarded within each category based on the building's environmental merits. Points are then weighted and an overall score is calculated, determining the project's Green Star NZ rating.
The ratings that can be achieved are:
4 Star Green Star NZ Certified Rating - signifying 'Best Practice'
5 Star Green Star NZ Certified Rating - signifying 'New Zealand Excellence'
6 Star Green Star NZ Certified Rating - signifying 'World Leadership'
Refer to www.nzgbc.org.nz for more information.
The Amesbury School design team have incorporated a variety of environmental attributes and principles that will contribute to a 5 Green Star NZ Certified Rating. These environmental attributes will reduce the impact of the buildings' construction and ongoing resource requirements, and will also provide an important learning resource for all those that pass through its gates.