27 Aug 2010

Teachers now 'expedition leaders' at hi-tech school

10:19 pm on 27 August 2010

A school claiming to be New Zealand's most modern and technologically advanced has been opened in Queenstown.

The $17 million Remarkables Primary School is the first primary to open in the South Island since the 1970s.

The classrooms are packed with computer technology, including the latest touch boards which negate the need for chalk.

Teachers are called expedition leaders and classrooms are called caves.

Education Minister Anne Tolley is unconcerned about the teacher titles, saying the focus at the school is firmly on the curriculum.

Ms Tolley says the facility and the way the curriculum is taught reflects 21st century thinking.

The school will cater for up to 460 pupils.