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Upper Hutt Leader : August 3rd 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 23-38 Arts 36-37 Motoring 39 Classifieds 40-44 Sport 46-48 PLAYCENTRES PROTEST Mums, kids off to Parliament 3 AWARD FOR COSSIE Hospitality recognised 17 TIGER ATTACK Roaring into the semi-finals 48 School unveils new look By JIMMY NESS School pride: Heretaunga College's 2011 leadership team in their school's new wing. From left are Laura Davison, Robert Holland, Josh Harris, Nick Braun, Sam Miller and Lily Evans. Working hard: Year 9 student Andrew Paton in one of Heretaunga College's new science labs. Photos: JIMMY NESS Heretaunga College has unveiled the first part of its $13 million refurbishment plan. Thirteen classrooms including science labs, computer rooms and a catering area were opened for public use a few weeks ago. Prin- cipal Bruce Hart says the new design aims to create a positive environment for students and staff. It s just to lift the whole feeling about being in school. We have really gone from tight, cold narrow spaces to warm, high, bright spaces. I was really pleased with staff and student reaction. Students, in particular, just seemed so impressed when they saw them [the classrooms] for the first time. The new student friendly areas are named after famous New Zealanders such as Sir Paul Callaghan and Sir Richard Taylor. Each classroom also features a motivational quote such as learn- ing is not a spectator sport . Mr Hart says the college aims to inspire their students. It s an opportunity to highlight high-achieving New Zealanders. We thought it would be educative. The idea was to keep these messages in front of the students the whole time. Work started on the refurbishment project on January 10 and it is predicted to finish late next year. The administration block will be rebuilt and the school will also feature a new entrance area. For this year, basically there s a challenge to keep the school run- ning while major building is done, Mr Hart says. I am really proud of it. It s been a well-received project, it s involved a huge amount of consul- tation and we are delighted with the result. Opus Architecture have done a wonderful job bring- ing our vision to life. Motorcycle rider training to get trial in car park By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 3 Upper Hutt s railway commuter car park, behind the central library, is set to be closed every second Saturday to allow for the operation of a private motorcycle rider training business. A council committee has approved a three-month trial, which will see the car park shut to the public for five hours from 8am from September 3 following an application from the business operator, Leigh Elliot. A suitable site rental remains to be negotiated for the venture, which is expected to involve up to six students training on commuter motorcycles under 250cc. The noise is likely to be con- siderably less than the current buses and trains , a report from the city community services direc- tor Andrea Curtis says. It is hoped that business will grow, in the near future, so that weekly use would be required, apart from times of major local events such as the spring festival, Christmas parade and events for the Rugby World Cup. Mr Elliot, recently qualified as a motorcycle instructor and basic handling skills assessor, attended the meeting and told councillors he had looked at a number of venues, several which had looked promising but where the landowners had decided the motorbike training was not appropriate . The area behind the library parking and next to the railway line has been chosen because it is a transport hub with easy access to both buses and trains, its cen- tral location and profile, avail- ability and easy access to facili- ties , Mr Elliot s application says. Councillors were supportive of the business proposal but had some concerns it might impact on the library. What [Mr Elliot] is trying to do is commendable and we need to support it, Nick Thomas says. My only concern is the conflict there may be with the library. Mr Thomas suggested the three-month trial.
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