THE MARLBOROUGH SCHOOLS PROJECT
We're working to ensure our students have the skills and attributes to tackle existing and future challenges to make our community, our nation and our world a better place.
Planning is underway for the co-location of Marlborough's Girls' and Boys' Colleges to a new shared campus and relocation of Bohally Intermediate to the existing Boys' College site, opening new opportunities to what students learn and how they learn it.
The colleges will remain single-sex, according to the preference of the Marlborough community during the initial public consultation process at the beginning of the project.
The co-location provides students and staff with greater opportunities to collaborate, learn and grow. The new build enables both colleges to take advantage of shared and separate learning spaces, to enhance the delivery of intermediate and secondary education in Marlborough.
Planning to determine how the two schools will operate - separately and collaboratively - in new purpose-built learning facilities has been ongoing, and has included widespread community and school consultation.
The colleges’ Vision, Principles and Education Brief based on this was delivered to the Ministry of Education in December 2017.
In 2019, the Ministry of Education announced the new colleges' campus would be built on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls’ College and Bohally Intermediate. Bohally would relocate to the site currently occupied by the Boys' College.
In February 2021, commercial construction company Naylor Love was appointed by the Ministry to lead the master planning phase of the Marlborough Schools Project. Naylor Love heads a consortium of design and construction specialists which is collectively called Te Tumu.
The Marlborough Schools project is a major investment in the future of intermediate and secondary education in Marlborough. Through this website, newsletters and ongoing communications, we aim to keep the Marlborough community informed and involved in progress towards moving our schools to their future site.
Through this website, newsletters and ongoing communications, we aim to keep the Marlborough community informed and involved in progress towards moving our schools to their future site.
Photo: April Spence, Marlborough Girls' College
College staff visit a school site in Christchurch
Marlborough's colleges are poised to be at the forefront of teaching and learning methods in New Zealand.
The Marlborough community opted for a co-located model on a greenfields site following extensive consultation by the Ministry of Education in 2015.
A new site was unable to be secured, so the Education Minister announced in 2018 that the schools would be co-located on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls’ College and Bohally Intermediate, and Bohally would relocate to the site currently occupied by Marlborough Boys’ College.
The co-location will mean that both colleges are relocated onto one site but will remain single-sex schools.
The original planned 2021 completion date for the opening of the new schools, as was announced in 2015, was pushed back following the Education Minister’s announcement of a business case review of the co-location in 2018. This business case review is now complete.
A completion date for the schools is yet to be announced by the Minister.
Staff from both schools have been planning and preparing for the co-location since 2015. As part of this, staff from both colleges visited new schools and Innovative Learning Environments in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Nelson, and internationally, to understand the opportunities for future learning environments and practices in Marlborough.
The colleges worked together to deliver an Education Brief to the Ministry of Education in December 2017.
The Education Brief outlines the community's expectations and aspirations for learners at the colleges, and how they plan to operate on a shared campus - together and separately.
The Education Brief was informed by this consultation, and through research by the schools into best practice learning environments.
The Brief outlines how the schools intend to deliver quality secondary education in Marlborough that meets the needs and aspirations of our students and our community, and how we plan to do this in a single-sex, co-located environment.
Following the Ministry of Education’s decision to co-locate the schools on McLauchlan St, Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges worked to refresh and update the Education Brief, which provides the basis for the design and build of the new schools.
August - September 2017
Best-practice Innovative Learning Environment research
Colleges' Co-location Vision and Principles, and Education Brief finalised.
Vision, Principles and Education Brief delivered to Ministry of Education.
Minister of Education Chris Hipkins orders a reviewed business case of the co-location.
The Minister of Education announces the co-located schools will be located on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls' College and Bohally Intermediate.
The Education Brief is updated and refreshed to reflect the location decision.
Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges form a co-location establishment board. Procurement of design services for the co-located colleges and relocated intermediate.
Master planning is undertaken by Te Tumu consortium, led by Naylor Love
Trialling of Innovative Learning Spaces and preparation for move to new site.