Hon Hekia Parata announced today that Redcliffs School will have a new home at Redcliffs Park. It’s great that the Redcliffs students, staff and parents now have certainty about their future.
The Ministry of Education has carried out analysis on moving the school to McCormack’s Bay Reserve, Barnett Park or Redcliffs Park, and rebuilding on the original Main Road school site. The outcome was clear – Redcliffs Park is the best long-term location for a school.
At Redcliffs Park, the school will have a larger site, the opportunity to share community facilities at the park, and a site well away from the rockfall that has disrupted the previous school site.
Part of the analysis that has been undertaken focused on the potential psychosocial effects on the children if they returned to the previous site. The investigation found that although the risk of negative psychosocial impacts could be mitigated for most children, this would place additional responsibilities on staff to implement mitigation measures if the school remained on the site, and this cannot be guaranteed by the Ministry of Education or the current board in the long term.
The new site is expected to be ready by mid-2019, and Redcliffs School will continue sharing the site at Van Asch Deaf Education Centre until then.
It was clear right from the beginning of my engagement with the school board and the community on this issue that it is very important to the Redcliffs community to keep their school, and this is something I have worked to convey to the Minister. This positive outcome is a credit to the resilience and hard work of the school board, the teachers, the parents, and the Redcliffs community, and I acknowledge them for that.