Questions and Answers

Will Take Kārara use the Recreation Centre Facilities?

Yes. We are currently working with the Recreation Centre to create a partnership where we can utilise each others facilities. This will mean that the children will be able to use the Recreation Centre on a more regular basis and maximise the learning opportunities that this allows.  More details of how this partnership will look, will be available in the near future.

Are there buses provided?

Transport provisions are being worked through by the Ministry of Education. Transport will be provided for those students who meet the eligibility criteria. Exact routes are yet to be determined and details will be available once these decisions have been made.

How will we ensure safe travel to, from and around Take Kārara?

In consultation with the Board, QLDC and The Ministry of Education we are currently working on a Travel Plan that will ensure all our children get to and from school safely. The Ministry of Education is in discussion with the Three Parks Developer to improve bus and active transport routes (such as walkways and cycleways) within the development. A pedestrian underpass has been approved that crosses State Highway 84.

What will the transition look like for my child/ren beginning at Take Kārara in 2020?

Term 4 2019 for students starting at the beginning of the school year in 2020

For all New Entrant children and other children who will be starting at Take Kārara at the beginning of the school year, we will be running “Connection” sessions with parents and whānau during the week before school starts. These sessions will be advertised on our Website and on our Facebook page. We look forward to meeting with you at these sessions.

For New Entrants starting during 2020

Information about transition, and what this will look like for our new Entrant children who will be starting at Take Kārara during 2020, will be developed by the Junior Teaching Team in term 4 2019. This information will be made available as soon as possible on our website under the heading Navigating Pathways for our New Entrant Children

When can we enrol?

Expressions of interest are being taken now, and official enrolments will be opened via our website as soon as possible.

What age group are you starting with?

We will be taking enrolments for all year groups Year 1 to 6 from the start of 2020.

Our Enrolment Zone

There are enrolment zones in place for both Te Kura O Take Kārara and Wanaka Primary School. These enrolment zone are needed to manage the risk of overcrowding at either school.

The Establishment Board worked closely with the Board of Wanaka Primary School and the Ministry of Education to create our enrolment zones. Current demographic information was carefully considered in the development of the proposed zones. After a period of consultation, the Ministry of Education approved the zones for both schools.

In 2020, only students who live within the Take Kārara home zone shown on the map shall be eligible to enrol at the school. Currently there are no out of zone placements for 2020. We will advertise any change to this as and when it happens.

How long will the Establishment Board be in place? When will parents/caregivers get a chance to elect a Board?

An Establishment Board usually remains in place for three – six months after the opening of a new school. It’s likely that we will have Board elections around the middle of the 2020 school year.

Who is building Te Kura O Take Karara?

Southbase Construction is building Take Kārara. Stephenson and Turner are the architectural team, appointed under Southbase Construction. Harrison Grierson and Powell Fenwick cover the engineering disciplines.

Where is Te Kura O Take Kārara located?

Take Kārara is in the new Three Parks development, beside the Wanaka Recreation Centre.

When will Te Kura O Take Kārara be open?

Take Kārara will be open at the beginning of the 2020 school year. Building progress is well underway and we are anticipating that all building and landscaping work will be finished by the end of 2019, allowing our teaching team time to set up prior to opening.