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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, JUNE 6, 2013
Education renewal in
Decisions announced for 19 schools
Visit: www.shapingeducation.govt.nz Call: 0800 746 338
Where parents can find more information
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced final
decisions for 16 greater Christchurch schools affected
by the Government's Education Renewal Plans and
two new proposals for three other schools.
The Minister has listened to feedback from parents
and school communities on the interim decisions
outlined in February and announced that:
1. Te Kura Kaupapa Ma
ˉ ori o Te Whanau Tahi
and Te Kura Kaupapa Maˉ ori o Waitaha will not
merge and will be retained on their current sites.
2. Central New Brighton will not merge with South
New Brighton, and South New Brighton will remain
open as a separate school on its current site.
3. The decision to merge Freeville and North
New Brighton Schools will be deferred.
4. Glenmoor School, Greenpark School, Kendal
School and Richmond School, will close in
5. Branston Intermediate, Linwood Intermediate and
Manning Intermediate will close in January 2014,
and three nearby secondary schools, Hornby High
School, Linwood College and Hillmorton High
School, will provide year 7-13 schooling.
6. Burwood School will merge with Windsor School
and Phillipstown School will merge with Woolston
School in January 2014.
7. Lyttelton Main School and Lyttelton West School
will merge initially at the later date of 5 May 2014
on the Lyttelton West and St Joseph sites, and then
permanently on the Lyttelton Main site when the
new school is complete.
Central New Brighton, North New Brighton
and Freeville schools are now subject to two new
proposals that will be consulted on concurrently.
The new proposals are to either merge Central New
Brighton, Freeville School and North New Brighton
School on the North New Brighton site, or to close
Central New Brighton and finalise the interim decision
to merge Freeville and North New Brighton on the
North New Brighton site.
Boards have until 10 July to provide feedback on these
two proposals, and following the final decision on one
of the proposals, it will be effective in May 2014.
Details of the decisions for individual schools
can be found at www.shapingeducation.govt.nz
or by calling 0800 746 338.
The earthquakes provided us with an opportunity
to have a look at all the schools across greater
Christchurch and see what we could do better.
There were already around 5,000 places available
in schools across greater Christchurch before the
earthquakes, and a further 4,300 children have not
re-enrolled, meaning there are now 9,300 places
available -- that's equivalent to the entire student
population of Gisborne.
We have looked at earthquake damage, population
movement and future population growth, building
issues, school locations and what opportunities exist
to create more modern 21st century schools, with
great new facilities.
We have a chance to build brighter, more modern
schools in better locations, which will ensure all
children have access to good, quality education
within a close distance of where they live.
The Ministry of Education will provide extensive
support to parents and schools affected by decisions
to close or merge to ensure a smooth transition for
children, their families and staff. They will work with
every school to ensure education is not compromised
throughout the process and that staff and families
are well informed each step of the way. Schools that
have been advised that the final decision is that they
should remain open will continue to operate as usual.
The Government is investing $1 billion into restoring and renewing the education sector in greater Christchurch
over the next 10 years, including building or rebuilding 16 schools. This will provide greater Christchurch with
one of the best and most modern schooling networks in the country, which will serve communities for many years
to come. It will also help each and every child get a great education.
How has the Minister of Education reached these decisions?
What happens next?
Investing in the future
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