Enrich moves to bigger space

Enrich@ILT teachers (from left) Ginny Murray, Marlene Campbell, Renee McGinnis and Jenni Hall. Photo: Supplied

INVERCARGILL’s centre for gifted pupils is on the move.

With 200 pupils enrolled for 2022, the largest intake to date, Enrich@ILT will be moving from its Don St building to the Elmwood Gardens building on Dee St, this month.

ILT chairman Alan Dennis said the board was delighted to continue to support the growth and development of Invercargill’s gifted young people.

“The programme at Enrich has been going from strength to strength. The move to Elmwood will ensure they have a space that is fit for purpose where these talented students can continue to thrive.”

Centre manager Peter Forde said he was looking forward to starting the year in the new facility.

The academic year was estimated to start once necessary modifications to the building had been completed, he said.

“This shift will allow us to build on our new curriculum development underpinned by the Whare Tapa Wha model focusing on the hauora (health and wellbeing) of our students,” he said.

“The grounds at the Elmwood will complement this providing the opportunity to expand on our hydroponic growing using raised garden beds.

“The larger kitchen space will greatly improve our ability to experiment with preparing a variety of homegrown produce.”

Elmwood’s current tenant Koha Kai will shift operations to a new location which was under development.

Koha Kai founder Janice Lee said they valued the strong relationship between the two community minded organisations.

“Elmwood has been a wonderful home to us over the last two years and we’re very grateful for ILT’s ongoing support. We’re looking forward to setting up at our new location that caters to all our current needs but also offers scope for future development,” Mrs Lee said.

The Enrich@ILT premises on Don St will remain vacant for the foreseeable future.