One of the first two new State secondary schools to be built in Auckland in 25 years, Alfriston College is a successful manifestation of current thinking on education for the 21st Century. Separated two-storey Whanau blocks provide an identity as well as a home-base for vertically-integrated groups of students within this 1500-pupil school.
An emphasis on providing an environment where students can develop independent learning skills has driven the integration of flexibility and choice throughout the school. Flexibility of teaching space configuration through operable walls and screens and comprehensive implementation of ICT networks is reinforced by the sheer variety of indoor and outdoor learning spaces catering for specific needs.
The campus has an urban-scaled environment of individual structures unified by their careful placement around a sheltered courtyard space. Landscape has been thoughtfully integrated within the entire composition in a way that also provides environmental learning possibilities for students.
Environmentally-Sustainable Design Principles play a key part in the overall design. Emphasis has been placed on passive design. Thermal insulation, daylight, solar design, and natural ventilation assisted by heat reclaim technology, are all used to great advantage. In keeping with Enviroschools, the Environmental Education NZ Initiative, Alfriston College provides an environment, both natural and built, that enables students to learn with nature.
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