Wednesday April 18, 2018
Karori Campus safe for now By Glenise Dreaver
Despite concerns to the contrary, and their application to demolish some buildings on the Karori Campus site, Ryman Healthcare says the wrecking balls won’t start their work in the near future. However Andrew Mitchell, development manager for Ryman Healthcare, says the company is disappointed that Heritage New Zealand started the listing process without discussion with them. He says that move was also against the requests of council to delay any listing process in favour of a collaborative approach. “You can appreciate that we have only just taken possession of the property and it takes time to understand it.” But, he says, as a result of the Heritage New Zealand strategy, Ryman felt that their hands were tied. That was why they had submitted a certificate of compliance
to demolish some of the buildings, whilst retaining the original buildings. “We have been open about our intentions and I think we have shown genuine intent by only submitting approval that retains the original buildings,” he says. “Clearly there are competing priorities and we have to balance these for a successful outcome.” “We are continuing discussions with Heritage New Zealand and the Wellington City Council and we will be holding open days on the Karori campus in the next few weeks to consult with the community. “We’d like to again stress that nothing is finalised at this point, we are still in the consulting phase with our plans and we have significant work to complete before any final decision is taken. “We recognise that there are a lot of interested people and groups in the local community who have strong views about
ABOVE: Andrew Mitchell, development manager for Ryman Healthcare RIGHT: The Karori Campus: No wrecking balls for now says Ryman Healthcare. PHOTOS: Supplied
Specialist Class Programme enhances learning for Junior School children Junior School students learning a song in French as part of the specialist classes offered at QMC.
Year 1–6 students at Queen Margaret College explore the world of art, music and language through the Specialist Class Programme available in the Junior School. All Junior School students have a specialist lesson in visual arts, music and religious studies once a week. The specialised subjects foster independence, resilience and confidence in Junior School students, Head of Junior School Kathleen McDonnell says. “Children naturally develop skills in collaboration, reasoning and understanding and transfer this to other areas of learning.” From Year 2 students have a weekly French lesson. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, we are committed to offering second language learning in order to promote international mindedness. Every learner benefits from having access to different languages, different cultures and
perspectives,” Kathleen says. Jane Coles has been the specialist Music Teacher at Queen Margaret College since 2014. In Term 1 students in her class have learnt everything from creating music to go with picture books, creating and using Poi and working on song-writing and music notation. “Students learn to play instruments. They learn how to keep a beat, create rhythms, sing musically, work cooperatively in groups and as a class, and work on Units that align with their current classwork,” Jane says. “I love seeing the students engaged in topics that they are interested in and be challenged to think about Music and sound as much as possible.” To find out more about the Specialist Class Programme at Queen Margaret College go to www.qmc.school.nz/learning/ juniorschool. PBA
the site. “It is important to remember that there is a significant shortage in aged care and retirement in the area,” he adds. He says a purpose-built operated continuum in a care retirement village would be a great community amenity for Karori. The village would provide much-needed rest home, hospital and dementia level care as well as independent living options in an area where there was a shortage of living options for older people, he said.
The proposed village would allow residents who have lived in the Karori community over the last 40-50 years to remain in the community. “After all, these people have helped create that community and we are all obligated to provide a high quality living environment for them. “We’d love to talk to anyone in the Karori community – and the wider community who is interested in our plans for the future of the site.”
Independent Herald 18-04-18