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Central Hawke’s Bay School Embraces Latest Trends

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Waipukurau School might be turning 150 years old in October, but it has embraced the latest educational trend – Innovative Learning Environments.

For the 75 pupils in the school’s composite Year 7 and 8 class, gone are the days of regimented rows of desks and a lone teacher standing in front of a classroom that is quiet enough to hear a pin drop.

Instead, students can sit back on couches and comfy chairs dotted around the large L-shaped space, while they choose which of the “workshops” listed on a flatscreen TV they intend to complete that day – all under the supervision of not one, but three teachers.

Principal Tim Hocquard said the decision to introduce the new learning environment at the start of the school year was made with under-achieving students in mind.

Photo: A pupil in Waipukurau School’s composite Year 7 and 8 class works away in a comfy chair in the Innovative Learning Environment. 

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Posted: 14 September 2017

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