In 1993 a number of educators were involved in an Alpha Learning Programme at Elmwood Normal School in Christchurch. For two years under the direction and leadership of John Clough, the school’s Principal, this project explored innovative and progressive learning theory in education.
This led in 1998 to Elmwood School creating the ‘Learning Lab’. John Clough was again at the forefront, but now supported by Vicki Buck, a former mayor of Christchurch, parent of young children and passionate proponent of innovative education, as well as Paul Bradley, the newly appointed learning facilitator.
As the number of interested parents and educators grew it became obvious that a client base existed for an alternative school within the state school structure. An establishment Board, also including Goodman Felder School of the Year winner Cheryl Doig, was created and the New Zealand Learning Discovery Trust established.
In Late 1998 an application to construct a new school was lodged before the then Minister of Education Wyatt Creech. The state system acknowledged the special character and hard work of the school’s original board and granted it a Special Character Designation. However it would be a brand new century before Discovery 1 School would begin education programmes under a Labour-led coalition government.
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Learning Discovery Trust