Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the interim decisions for the five Aranui schools in greater Christchurch affected by the Government’s Education Renewal Plans.
“The Government is absolutely committed to rebuilding Christchurch – that’s why we are investing $1 billion into restoring and renewing the education sector in Canterbury over the next 10 years,” Ms Parata says.
“Greater Christchurch will have one of the most modern schooling networks in the country that will serve communities for many years to come, and help each and every child get a great education.
“We have listened to parents and the community and I thank the Aranui community for their participation in the process, and the work each school put into their submission.’’
The interim decision is that:
- A Year 1-13 Campus should be built on the current Aranui High School site.
- Four schools – Aranui High School, Wainoni Primary, Aranui Primary and Avondale Primary – should close in January 2017.
- Chisnallwood Intermediate should remain open, and continue to operate as normal on its current site, with a review in 2020, once all other changes have bedded in.
“The proposal for a new campus originally included all five schools in the Aranui area. In reviewing the submissions and undertaking further analysis – with a focus on ensuring an exciting brand new education concept for Aranui children – we can achieve this and maintain a strong intermediate option in Chisnallwood.
“Two thirds of the children that attend Chisnallwood are from outside the Aranui area.
“My interim decision is that Chisnallwood Intermediate should remain open on its current site and will be reviewed in 2020 after the new campus and other changes in the network are operating,” says Ms Parata.
“The plan is for the new Year 1-13 campus to open in January 2017 which is also when the four schools are proposed to close.”
The Aranui schools had an extended consultation timeframe until March 7..
“The single site approach means several schools of different levels operating on one site, with the opportunity to share resources. It is a model that operates successfully elsewhere in New Zealand, and provides continuity for students – and an opportunity to provide other services on site as well,’’ says Ms Parata.
Further consultation will now take place with the community on these interim decisions, and on the structure of the single site campus and the community facilities that could also be included such as a library, sports facilities, health and other social services.
“In making these interim decisions, I am mindful families in greater Christchurch have already been through a lot and I hope that today’s announcement will provide some certainty for this stage of the process.’’
The Aranui schools will now have six weeks to provide further feedback on the interim decision until 3 July 2013.
A final decision is expected in September.
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Of the 215 schools in greater Christchurch, 177 schools, or more than 80 per cent, are not affected by the Government’s proposals.
In summary, of the 38 schools covered in the original proposals announced in September last year:
- 12 schools now have final decisions
o Burnham Primary School, Burnside Primary School, Duvauchelle School, Okains Bay School, Ouruhia Model School and Shirley Intermediate will remain open.
o Bromley School and Linwood Avenue Schools, and Yaldhurst Model and Gilberthorpe Schools will not be merged.
o Discovery One School and Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti schools’ will be merged.
- 21 schools now have interim decisions to close or merge
o Of these 21 schools, 7 should close, 10 should merge (to create five schools), and four schools should form a new Year 1-13 campus
o The seven schools that have interim decisions to close are Branston Intermediate, Glenmoor, Greenpark, Kendal, Linwood Intermediate, Manning Intermediate and Richmond.
o The 10 schools that should merge to create five schools are Burwood should merge with Windsor, Central New Brighton should merge with South New Brighton, Lyttleton Main should merge with Lyttelton West, North New Brighton should merge with Freeville, Phillipstown should merge with Woolston.
o The four schools that have interim decisions to close and a new Year 1-13 campus established are: Aranui, Avondale, Wainoni, and Aranui High School.
Of the remaining 5 schools:
- It was originally proposed the two kura TKKM o Waitaha and TKKM o Te Whānau Tahi would merge however the interim decision is now for both kura to remain open and one to be relocated to provide Māori medium provision to north of Christchurch.
- Chisnallwood Intermediate now has an interim decision to remain open as a stand-alone school.
- Two schools have already closed voluntarily. Those schools are Hammersley Park and Le Bons Bay.
Final decisions for the 19 schools, which had interim decisions announced in February, will be announced by late May 2013.
The Aranui schools will now have six weeks to provide further feedback or accept the interim decision, until the 3 July 2013.
Final decisions are expected in September.