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Selwyn Times: November 22, 2016

28 Tuesday

28 Tuesday November 22 2016 SCHOOLS SELWYN TIMES 800th pupil a milestone for Clearview DOING THE HONOURS: Linda Youl, representing the Ministry of Education, cut the ribbon at the main campus with year 8 pupil Gwendolyn IN FULL VOICE: Senior pupils perform kapa haka. ​ Sidebottom. Junior campus opened Lincoln Primary School campus last term to accommodate about 150 year 5 and 6 pu- Viv Butcher, kaumatua Liz Speakers included principal pupil Shayna Early writes on the recent opening of pils who had spent the majority Brown, deputy mayor Malcolm new learning spaces of the year learning in the school Lyall, board of trustees chairperson Andrew Clayton and hall due to lack of classroom LINCOLN PRIMARY School space. David Hoburn of the Ministry of recently celebrated the official During the celebrations there Education. opening and Kaikarakia of their were a mixture of speeches, The school would like to new learning spaces. songs, karakia and kapa haka thank its guests including local A new junior campus site performances. Teachers walked kaumatua, the board of trustees, opened for instruction in the through the two buildings with Lincoln Primary School PTA, former Ellesmere Country Club local kaumatua to bless and the Ministry of Education, the building on Edward St, Lincoln, place a protection over the buildings to keep them safe and make New Zealand Principals Federa- district council, Greenlinc, the to house the students in years 0-2, while the school continues sure it is a safe learning environment for the years to come. schools. tion and other Lincoln Cluster to grow and new buildings are erected. Ribbons were cut at both •Photos by Lincoln Primary Pre-built modular buildings buildings and they were officially School pupils Keanu were also delivered to the main opened. Franklin and Riley Sutcliffe • By Tom Doudney STARTING SCHOOL on Wednesday wasn’t just a milestone in the life of Timur Vassiliev (right), 5, it was a milestone for Clearview Primary as well. Timur became the school’s 800th currently enrolled pupil, the first time the school had reached that mark since opening in early 2010 with 170 pupils. Principal Rob Rush said he expected the school’s growth to hit a peak of about 830 pupils this year. With West Rolleston Primary School having opened this year and Lemonwood Grove set to open next year he expected the school’s roll would ultimately stabilise at between 750 and 800 pupils. “But you just don’t know,” he said. “There are just a lot of people moving to Rolleston.” The school had been built in several stages, originally catering for just 450 pupils with the addition of further classrooms since 2012 providing the extra space needed. Most recently, four more classrooms were added at the start of the year. “We have always had space for the children and the continual growth and that has been a really good thing, we have been really well supported by the Ministry of Education,” Mr Rush (left) said. “But it has had its challenges in terms of making sure the classrooms were ready and making sure we had teachers and staff there.” Christmas is arriving early at Avonhead! Grab a $30 Voucher for only $20 Available for purchase from outside Piccadilly Books 28th - 30th November 12-2pm Limit of 5 vouchers sold per customer. Valid 1st-31st December 2016. One voucher can be used per transaction. Terms and conditions apply, see www.avonhead.co.nz for details. AvonheadShoppingCentre www.avonhead.co.nz Cnr Withells Rd and Merrin St, Avonhead

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