Seven Chch schools to close, 12 to merge
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:54a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced which Christchurch schools will close, confirming the worst fears for many principals and school staff.
She has also surprised some school principals whose schools were facing closure or mergers.
Seven schools will close, 12 schools will merge, 12 schools which were destined for closure will stay open, seven schools will be relocated and rebuilt, and six new schools will be built.
The seven schools which will close are:
The 12 schools which will merge are:
In a press conference at midday, Ms Parata said in making her interim decision for 31 schools, she had “not only considered earthquake damage, but also population and future growth”.
Today’s announcement differs from the Ministry’s plans in September last year where they planned to close 12 schools and merge a further 18.
Ms Parata says those plans have since changed because of an in-depth “consultation process”.
“I personally visited 35 of the schools affected by the proposals and met with about 2,000 parents, teachers and other interested parties to hear their concerns,” she says.
On top of the schools the Ministry wants to shut, a further two have closed voluntarily - Hammersley Park and Le Bons Bay schools.
The Education Ministry also has plans to build six new schools in areas of population growth and rebuild nine others on their current sites.
Ms Parata’s plan:
Phillipstown School Principal Tony Simpson was in tears over the announcement that his school was to close and merge with nearby Woolston School and says he will fight the decision.
“We are not shutting the door and turning the lights out,” he says.
“For the children of this community this is a sad, sad day, for the people of this province it’s devastating and for the education system in New Zealand it’s a cut through the heart.”
Other schools were happy with the Ministry’s decisions, with staff at Unlimited School saying they were delighted with the announcement they were to merge with Discovery One.
Co-chair of Unlimited’s Board of Trustees Tanja Grzeta says that the Unlimited finds the decision “very exciting”.
“It’s something that didn’t come as a surprise to us, we’ve been working together as two schools for a long time,” she says.
A letter for parents will be sent home with all the children at the 31 affected schools outlining the decisions and what it means for them.
A free helpline has been set up, which parents can call if they have any questions. That number is 0800 746 338 and will be active from midday.
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23/02/2013 7:18:37 p.m.
There was no moaning from the left when Trevor Mallard closed 183 schools whn Labour were in power. No moaning from the unions or the left. Hypocrisy at is worst.
21/02/2013 12:25:57 a.m.
Parata says that only seven schools will close. This from a minister of education beggars belief. There will actually be thirteen closures as when two schools amalgamate there will only be one left.This minister is telling us that these schools will be brighter schools. Has someone changed the curriculum or does she mean there will be more windows. Sounds like a hidden agenda to me
19/02/2013 1:22:42 p.m.
Yeah Kiri its called 'dumbing down the masses' so they're easier to control with the BS public relations machine. Its cynical, sneaky and the mark of a govt with misguided agendas they want imposed on the general public. Kiwi parents should be lining up at the polls come 2014 to vote this crew out.
19/02/2013 9:30:00 a.m.
When did the MOE lose sight of their being responsible for the education of the children in this country?Weird, the education system seems to be run by self serving accountants on a promise to private contracters and Perata is set to receive a massive bonus if she can weather the backlash.
19/02/2013 12:11:02 a.m.
Kiri Reid wrote:
I don't understand what the government is trying to do? When I was younger getting an education was important. Knowledge was power. It lets you fufil a life with purpose and hope that your future & your children's future will be full of promise. The more closure of schools means overcrowding in schools?? Our generation never had overcrowding? So we got to learn the way we should be learning...but has anyone considered the next generation and how they would cope with this? and the parents is their role now moved to teaching instead of providing? The only thing this shows us is that this government won't last very long...if the needs of our children especially when they need education the most is overturned without even a consideration of the consequences of the children...as each child learns differently and in different ways.
18/02/2013 10:47:01 p.m.
You dont honestly expect a Tory government to care about education do you? How naive! Tory governments are about the elite few not the majority and social values! Get real! - have a close look at Winston Peters and NZ First at the next election - what has Labour or the Greens done for you? Absolutletely nothing!
18/02/2013 10:22:46 p.m.
@Kelvyn you are so a rubbish poster, teachers, the ones not being paid? the ones that arent guaranteed an income? you are attacking them even though they are still showing up for work which is more than you would do if you werent guaranteed a pay cheque.
Absolute twaddle from idiot right wingers again.
I have seen many parents that are upset over this as well, your advice to them would be what? vote against National? that would be great advice.. something a right winger is incapable of giving.
18/02/2013 9:42:42 p.m.
How not to take responsibility for your decision. Create clusters, give the clusters a 'pot' of money and say work out how to spend it...but you might have to prioritise between the repairing the classrooms at one school to rebuilding the library at another! And did I forget to mention there's not quite enough money to go around but of course the Ministry will say it's allowing schools to make their own decisions! Rubbish! Either pay schools enough money to run efficiently as a public school system, say it's a user pays system and privatise. Time to focus on the elephant in the room-the real problem of poverty. 1 in 5 children living in poverty that's 20%; 20% of children failing or struggling in education. It's not rocket science-join the dots and focus on the real problem.
18/02/2013 9:05:15 p.m.
Watched John Campbell's interview with her. For a parrot, she was ok... but that's all she was repeating her lines as written for her by JK. No feeling of interest or genuineness whatsoever, a moral vacuum.
18/02/2013 6:22:38 p.m.
The DR wrote:
You need to go back to school to learn the definition of consultation & comnunication
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