Community engagement on future intermediate and secondary education provision for Gore

The Boards of Trustees of Longford Intermediate School and Gore High School have initiated a process to review the potential options for future intermediate and secondary education provision in Gore. Both Boards are keen to understand community views and preferences, and have worked with the Ministry of Education to engage an independent facilitator to lead this conversation with the community.

This is an opportunity to think about the current schooling structure (intermediate and secondary school) as well as other schooling options. It is important to ensure that community views are reflected in future decision making, so even if there aren’t any formal changes initiated, your participation and feedback will help the Boards plan to provide the best education opportunities for all students in the Gore area.

The first phase of the engagement will involve face-to-face public workshops, to gather and explore ideas about future education provision. These are an opportunity to learn more about various schooling models and demographic projections, and to discuss the benefits, advantages and disadvantages of all the options, including the current schooling network.  They will be facilitated by Dr Gabrielle Wall and are scheduled as follows:

Whānau and Community members

  • Tuesday August 18th, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Heartland Hotel Croydon

  • Tuesday August 18th, 7 – 8.00pm, Heartland Hotel Croydon

  • Wednesday August 19th, 7 – 8pm, Mataura Community Centre

  • Thursday August 20th, 7 – 8pm, Heartland Hotel Croydon


These sessions are all open to the public - parents and interested community members are welcome.  Similar content will be covered in all sessions, so feel free to attend whichever time best suits your schedule.


Staff (Early Childhood and Schools)

  • Monday August 17th, 3.30 – 4.30pm, Heartland Hotel Croydon

  • Monday August 17th, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Heartland Hotel Croydon

Focus groups are also being held with students to gather their input during this phase. The ideas and themes generated through this first phase of engagement will then be used to construct an online survey that will make it possible to identify which options and ideas have a wider base of support and why. The online survey will be open on this webpage later in term 3.

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