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Cashmere Primary–Master Planning: Engaging with stakeholders

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Developing a master plan is the next stage in delivering a school’s capital project and follows on from the writing of an Education Brief. The master plan is a comprehensive long term planning tool intended to establish and guide the future development of the school site. It  reflects a clear vision for the future direction of teaching and learning at the school and is supported by policies, guidelines and priorities. 

As part of the Master Planning process, it's important to engage with whānau, students, community and staff. In these videos, Cashmere Primary describe the ways that they involved their community and teachers during this time.

Margot McKeegan (former Board of Trustees Chairperson) outlines key strategies Cashmere Primary used for involving whānau and community during Master Planning.

"We had meetings where parents were able to come in and talk with us and ask questions. The parents who were here often had young ones as they will have the longest experience and benefit from what we were doing."

Jacqui Duncan (former principal) outlines how the school accessed expert support from their community.

"Use the resources inside your school. Use your parents."

Margot explains how the involvement of stakeholders during key milestones in Master Planning is an important part of the process. For example, school team leaders were released to meet with the project architects. 

"The value of having team leaders giving their wish lists, their feedback and their learning needs was incredibly important at a very early stage with the architects." 

Reflect

How will you communicate clearly with whānau during the Master Planning process?

What expertise do you have in your school community that you could access to support the process? How can this be identified?

What planning is needed to ensure the right people are involved at key milestones in the process?

 

Find out more

Perspectives and Partnerships Resources (Grow Waitaha resources to support engagement with whānau and community)