Curriculum

Feasibility Study

TKHS Board of Trustees has recently received a Pre Feasibility Investigation report into the possible development of a new indoor sport and recreation facility at the school.

The current school gymnasium is 45 years old and in urgent need of upgrading or replacement. The BOT has earmarked some funds to go towards this and are considering the possibility of a new facility developed under a school-community partnership model.

Upgrading of the existing gym would not provide the school with a facilitiy that is up to modern standards. It would still be too small for playing most indoor sports and be inadequate in a number of other aspects.

A school community partnership may enable the school to have the same level of access, but to a significantly better facility, while providing the wider community with the significant benefits of such a facility.

The BoT commissioned Bruce Maunsell to conduct an initial investigation into the feasibility of this option.

Following is a summary of his findings:

The purpose of this investigation is to:

1.Assess the need for a new indoor sport and recreation facility at Te Kuiti High School, based on a school/community partnership model
2.Recommend the appropriate configuration of an indoor facility
3.Recommend appropriate ownership, governance and management structures
4.Test the viability of a new facility
5.Advise on whether the project should advance to more a detailed investigation and planning phase

There are no indoor court facilities that meet contemporary standards within the sub region of Otorohanga, Waitomo and northern Ruapehu Districts. The existing facilities are old and require costly maintenance and upgrading, are inadequate for many indoor sports and recreational activities, have inherent safety hazards and limit participation.

At the local level Te Kuiti High School’s gymnasium is in urgent need of renovation or replacement. The school needs improved facilities in order to adequately deliver its physical education curriculum and extra- curricular activities. The School’s Board of Trustees has reserved funds for this project.

Community consultation reinforced that there is significant need, and general support, for a new facility in the local community. There are some concerns about the future of the present Te Kuiti Indoor Stadium which should be addressed.

The Waitomo District and wider sub-region are facing challenges including; youth disaffection, population decline, difficulties in attracting new residents, indoor sport participation below national levels and low levels of investment in recreation facilities.

As well as providing for the school’s urgent needs a new facility would provide a range of benefits to the wider community including; increased sport and recreation participation, improved community health, reduced social problems, raised community morale, assisting the District Council meet its commitments and making the area a more attractive place to live.

Sport New Zealand, and its regional level provider Sport Waikato, are encouraging rationalisation of sports facilities, including the development of sub-regional facilities that enable larger scale, more appropriate and economically viable amenities. Sport Waikato’s Regional Facilities Framework has recognised the need for a sub-regional indoor facility in Te Kuiti or Otorohanga.

So, as well as there being a significant local need for an indoor court facility and fitness centre, there is a wider need for a sub-regional indoor facility.

Te Kuiti is an ideal location for a sub-regional indoor facility. It is an hour’s drive from most parts of the sub-region. Te Kuiti High School would be a very suitable site.

This study confirms that a facility comprising of a double indoor court, fitness centre, multi-purpose room, changing rooms, storage and office space is feasible would be the most appropriate configuration. A number of other components are desirable but could be sacrificed to minimise costs. A high level capital cost estimate of $6.87 million, including all desirable components, has been calculated for early budgeting purposes.

Forecasts indicate that with effective management, prudent cost control and minimal subsidisation the facility could operate sustainably.

Design of the new facility should prioritise functionality and minimising capital and operating costs in order to make the facility as affordable as possible. Further functional briefing and concept development will be required to establish a more detailed and accurate construction cost estimate.

Expected demographic and social changes over the next few decades mean new facilities need to be designed to be adaptable to ensure they remain relevant and viable.

Governance and operating models were considered with the preferred governance model being a Community Trust made up of 5-6 representatives of major stakeholders. The Trust’s priority should be the sustainable management of the facility. While the school will be a primary stakeholder, facility management should be independent, with a commercial focus.

The compelling need for a sub-regional level indoor sports and recreation facility combined with Te Kuiti High School’s need for better facilities provides the basis for a potentially successful school community partnership. This investigation has found that sustainable and economically viable operation of such a facility is feasible and should be investigated further.

A full copy of the report is available to be read at Te Kuiti High School’s office during school hours.

The BOT is currently considering the report and will make a decision as to whether to proceed the project. The next stage would be a full feasibility investigation which would include:

  • Appointing a project steering team
  • Negotiating partner and stakeholder agreements, including Ministry of Education, District Council and community stakeholders
  • Developing a design brief for the facility
  • Engaging consultants and designers
  • Testing and refining the business model
  • Engaging with potential funders

It would be only at the conclusion of the full feasibility investigation that a decision on whether or not to proceed with the project would be made.

Further enquiries can be made to Principal Bruce Stephens, or to the investigation report author Bruce Maunsell brucemaunsell@gmail.com

Rae Munro Award 2014

Hayley McGlashen

Hayley McGlashen
University of Auckland

Hayley McGlashan is this year’s recipient of the Rae Munro Award. Her thesis, Dare to be Deviant: Gay Males Reflective Experience of Physical Education, is a well-written and well-structured dissertation that clearly meets the high values specified by the principles that underpin the Rae Munro Award. The award specifies that the recipient has demonstrated the urge to enquire, concern for others and the desire for self-respect.

Hayley’s research richly demonstrates these principles. She has chosen a topic focused on social justice for a specific group of students, with implications for improving teaching practices in schools. Scholarly consideration of gay young men’s schooling experiences in general, and their experiences in physical education in particular, is important. Research on this specific topic is rare, either internationally or in Aotearoa New Zealand. The thesis adds significantly to the corpus of knowledge around schooling and sexuality. Hayley has examined issues for these young men in an ethical manner and provides cogent commentary on problems for them as they participate in physical education.

Hayley has taken a nuanced and reflective approach to her research. Her methodological approach is thoroughly explained. She convincingly wove together her theoretical framework, methodological explanations, and the experiences of her participants. Hayley’s compelling research findings provide powerful examples of how young gay men experience physical education during their schooling years and she offers recommendations for changes in practice. This aspect of her work has already had an impact on policy in the area of sexuality education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hayley’s thesis is cited in the new draft policy document Sexuality Education: Guidelines for Principles, Boards for Trustee and Teachers.

The NZARE Council has no hesitation in awarding Hayley as an outstanding recipient for the 2014 NZARE Rae Munro Award.

Rae Munro Award

New Zealand Association For Research In Education / Te Hunga Rangahau Matauranga O Aotearoa