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Our Facilities

Designed by award-winning architects Jasmax and built by Fletcher Construction, Ormiston Senior College has the most innovative educational facilities in the country.

Green Star New Zealand
The New Zealand Green Building Council has awarded the Ministry of Education a 5 Star Education Design within the Green Star New Zealand rating system for Ormiston Senior College. This represents New Zealand excellence. To gain this rating the building has been designed with a number of exceptional features. These include a passive ventilation ‘mono-draft’ system which is being used for the first time in New Zealand. The many vents you see on the roof are part of this system. It was chosen due to its internationally-proven ability to provide natural airflow with low running costs. The building also features good natural daylight, energy-efficient lighting and heating, efficient use of water, solar panels and sustainably-sourced materials. The durable brick façade will be long-lasting and requires no maintenance. These significant environmental innovations will also benefit students and staff through integration into the teaching and learning programmes.
 
Facilities
The two-storey building sits under one roof around a central, sheltered, north-facing courtyard. The school has been designed to meet the needs of teaching and learning in the 21st century. Students and teachers have a variety of learning spaces in which to work, with spaces being selected for use depending on the learning purpose. There are learning commons, presentation rooms, quiet spaces, specialist rooms, along with a spacious library set high above Ormiston Road. All spaces have access to technology.

An exciting feature is the central café situated in the large atrium within the foyer and spilling out into the courtyard through double-height glass roller ‘firestation’ doors. The café is managed by an outside provider and enables the Ormiston community to buy drinks, snacks and lunches each day. This space forms a hub within the school.
 
The school is very fortunate to have a raked theatre, seating approx. 260 people for drama, dance and music performances. It is already being hired by community groups. Adjacent to this auditorium is the large gym with a sprung floor suitable for many sports. The low windows along one side provide a view to the all-weather courts and playing fields.

Ormiston Senior College’s facilities have been designed to withstand the test of time and provide a strong focus for this growing community.