Community Classroom

Havelock Community Classroom

In 2011 Havelock Vision 2020 approached Havelock School about the possibility of having the use of some teaching space for community learning. The Board of Trustees was happy to grant the use of a space for the community providing certain requirements were met to ensure that the school’s usual functions were not compromised.

Classroom showing computers       Classroom computers

At the same time the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology was investigating the possibility of running courses in Havelock.

NMIT donated ten The community classroom was the perfect location to offer these courses. In due course Havelock Vision 2020, Havelock School and NMIT negotiated an agreement and things got underway. computers, ten tables and chairs which their students and other users of the classroom could use. A successful grant application was made to the Redwood Trust for a router giving students wireless access to the internet via the school’s broadband facility.

During 2012 NMIT has been running Computer Technology Courses at Level 2 and 3 as well as a Certificate in Horticulture. Both of these courses are free for students to attend. Havelock Community Education Service, with REAP funding support, has also run a number of courses in the Community Classroom including painting, sign language, felting and a digital camera course.

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Participants at a painting course in the classroom
Havelock’s community radio station, Pelorus FM would like to to use the community classroom to create programs to broadcast on 106.7FM. The radio uses a software program which can be installed on one of the computers in the classroom so that volunteers can learn how to use it without disrupting the current broadcast. This will also come in handy should a civil defence emergency occur as the school is wired up to Havelock’s emergency generator and will ensure the radio is able to continue to broadcast to the community with vital information as necessary.In the short time it has been operating, the classroom is proving to be a very valuable asset to the community.

Havelock Vision 2020 is applying for funding to equip the classroom with a controlled access system which will allow authorised users easy access to the classroom. Funding plans include an all-weather path from the car park to the classroom, lighting for the car park, a large digital screen for class demonstrations and also a heat pump. Upgrading the software on the computers is another issue which needs to be addressed thus keeping pace with the growing demands community learners are placing on this new facility.

Given the early and continuing success of this community enterprise this initiative bodes well for the whole spectrum of potential learners from around the wider Pelorus region.