Our History: 1990s Onwards
A further building programme began in 1994 (under the Eden-Epsom Development Initiative, set up by the Ministry of Education) due to tremendous roll growth once again in the area. The new administration block, including a Music Room was completed in 1995 and officially opened in July 1996. An additional two prefabricated classrooms were initially brought on site, quickly followed by another five. Subsequently, two classrooms were built adjoining the front of the hall, and the north wall of the hall was also upgraded. The Administration Block was a finalist in the Building of the Year, 1996 – one of the top five projects under $500,000. Balmoral Intermediate School also opened primary classrooms to help cater for the large number of pre-school and primary school aged children coming into the area.
In 1997, approval of a library and staffroom up-grade as well as two additional upstairs class spaces was gained, and building began once again. Building was completed providing the school with an up-to date Library facility, an ICT Suite and an Art -Technology Room. Today, the ICT suite is a classroom and the Art-Technology Room is a teaching kitchen for Edendale's Garden to Table Programme.
The library block, prefabs and administration area were designated as ‘leaky buildings’ with major issues in 2008. The Board of Trustees was delighted when remediation projects for the Library area and subsequently for other buildings was approved by MOE and work began in 2009. However, repayment to the Board of outstanding funds from MOE for some accounts paid in relation to these projects was extremely slow despite two independent audits of accounts showing approximately $190,000 owing. The Principal and Board Chair first sought advice from the Auditor General as well as local MPs and finally asked for a ministerial inquiry. In February 2012 it was confirmed, after further auditing, that the Board of Trustees was owed $185,000. The funds were repaid mid-February 2013.
In March 2010 the school zone was re-instated at the request of MOE and only ‘home zone’ students are able to be enrolled. The Board decided to not accept any out-of-zone enrolments due to space constraints. This will continue iuntil further notice.
Late in 2013, a further building project was initiated; planning and design is underway for a ten-classroom two-storeyed classroom block to replace the current classroom block housing Year Three and Four students. Once this project is completed (late 2015) further classroom blocks will also be replaced; these will cater for expected future roll growth. These students are now located in prefabricated classrooms on the field adjacent to Sandringham Rd known as "The Village".
Today, Edendale continues to be a multi-cultural school with a very diverse and changing community. The roll was 632 in December 2014, predominant cultures being European, Indian and Pacific families.
A KINZ Sandringham facility is located on the Edendale site previously occupied by the Kohanga Reo. The National Association of Kohanga wound up the programme at Edendale and sold the building to AKA in 2005. AKA up-graded the facility as a model, multi-cultural facility and opened for the community on 19 February 2007. Pre-school children use our school facilities from time to time.