With a role of 450 (December 2015), the school caters for Year 1 – 6 primary students in the northern suburbs of Wellington.

The New Zealand Government is investing the money in a new nine classroom block to address structural and weather-tightness issues in the school’s main teaching block. 

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye made the announcement ahead of the start of Term 1 and said the old eight classroom block will be replaced by the new block. 

The new block will meet full innovative learning environment (ILE) standards and also accommodate projected roll growth.

Neighbours and other interested parties will be consulted during the master planning process which will determine the exact location of the new block, the minister said. 

The master planning process will consider opportunities to minimise disruption during building works; student and teacher safety; and the best use of outdoor areas.

It is important the ministry works alongside Khandallah School to ensure the new teaching spaces will support the school’s vision for learning, Kaye said. 

“The government is committed to ensuring that students all over New Zealand can learn in environments that inspire and support them to achieve to the best of their potential.

“Around $90 million of school redevelopments have now been announced in the Wellington area since last November,” she adds. 

“This includes an $8.5 million project at Kelburn Normal School, and $12.3 million for projects at Newtown and Ngaio Schools.”

Over the last seven years, more than $4 billion has been invested in school property maintenance, growth and modernisation nationwide – more than a 30 per cent increase on the previous seven years, Kaye added. 

Construction at Khandallah School is expected to start early in 2017, and take approximately 14 months to complete.

Innovative Learning Environments

- Innovative learning environments feature flexible learning spaces which can provide an open-plan layout or be closed off into traditional classrooms

- ILEs allow children to learn in groups or work independently, helping them develop skills such as collaboration as well as independent problem solving

- Acoustics, lighting, heating and air quality are of a high standard, to help students concentrate on learning, and facilities are equipped with the latest IT infrastructure to support digital learning.