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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2017

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4 Tuesday January 24 2017 News SELWYN TIMES New schools underline booming As 8750 Selwyn children get ready to head back to school next week, two new Rolleston schools are preparing to open on Monday. Rolleston College will be the town’s first secondary school, while Lemonwood Grove will be its fifth primary school. Tom Doudney reports STARTING HIGH school is a big deal for any student, but for about 220 Rolleston teenagers, the day will be especially memorable. The town’s first high school, Rolleston College, will open on Monday, with student numbers shaping up to almost match the Ministry of Education’s projections of an opening roll of 225. The college is only taking year 9 pupils in its first year, but by 2021, it is expected to have about 1040 students up to year 13. Principal Steve Saville said preparations for opening were in the final stages and he was very excited to be so close to welcoming the students for the start of term 1. “The way the community have embraced the school and the staff has been really exciting. COME ON IN: Rolleston College principal Steve Saville says staff are excited to welcome students to school on Monday. There is a real sense amongst the people we have been talking to of anticipation and we are now just looking forward to getting going,” Mr Saville said. “When we had our interviews with the students at our last open day it was fantastic – a great bunch of kids, great bunch of NEW LOCATION ADVERT.pdf 1 1/05/2014 11:51:35 a.m. VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION LOCATION 430 ST ASAPH STREET! Hours of Business: 7am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs Fri 8am to midday or by appointment with Keith 027 566 3909 BIGGEST EVER january BARBADOS Outdoor synthetic rattan chair Includes seat cushion. Coloured cushion not included. RECOVER YOUR LOVED FURNITURE No job too big or small Still able to offer you the finest top quality new furniture Visit us online P. 371 7500 QUALITY FURNITURE SPECIALISTS RE - UPHOLSTERY SPECIALISTS KEITH HARTSHORNE 0275 663 909 staff and great community.” Mr Saville was previously deputy principal at Auckland’s Alfriston College for eight years and prior to his Rolleston College appointment was on a Teach NZ sabbatical researching how schools can nurture student creativity and innovation. He has previously been involved in educational research, teacher development and training and developing culturally responsive classrooms with organisations such as the University of Waikato, University of Auckland and Team Solutions. The college will have a staff of Rolleston College facts Cost: $53 million Site: 6.4ha between Goulds Rd and Springston Rolleston Rd. Construction started in mid-2015 and the finishing touches were added this month. Roll: Projected opening roll of 225, growing to 1040 by 2021. Future growth could see the site developed to cater for up to 1800 students. Caters for: Year 9 initially with other year levels opening progressively until 2021 when it will be a fully fledged year 9-13 school. 31, including 26 teaching staff and five support staff, for the first two years, with more staff starting at the end of 2018 as the roll increases. It has been built to cater for up to 1500 students but could potentially be developed for up to 1800, should the roll continue to grow. •The college will hold a public open evening today from 4-7.30pm. ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace RICHARD GRAY W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: E: ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS $ 199 SAVE $100 Offers valid 17 - 31 January 2017 *Credit approval and conditions apply. Minimum purchase $1500. See instore for full terms and conditions. **Storewide discount offer excludes Everyday Low Price items and Ecocare. Riccarton Megastore, 179 Blenheim Rd. Phone 341 3196 • OPEN 7 DAYS •

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 24 2017 5 growth in Rolleston’s population BRAND NEW: Lemonwood Grove School is ready to receive its first 50 pupils on Monday. Lemonwood Grove’s big day • By Tom Doudney ROLLESTON COLLEGE won’t be the only new school opening in the town on Monday. Just down the road in the fastgrowing Faringdon subdivision, Rolleston’s fifth primary school, Lemonwood Grove, will also be greeting its first pupils. The year 1-8 school on East Maddisons Rd has accepted 72 enrolments, with about 50 starting on Monday. The school has been built to cater for an eventual roll of up to 450, with a second stage of development to follow later providing capacity for 750 pupils. Principal Sean Bailey (above) said it was exciting to be so close to opening. “We’re just really looking forward to connecting with the community, the kids starting on day one and also seeing our awesome staff that have been appointed get into it and start teaching,” he said. The school will mark its first day with a special assembly with the main opening ceremony to take place later on March 17. Mr Bailey said the school’s spaces had been purposefully designed to cater for individual and group needs. “Throughout each day, students and teachers will move around their learning landscape and take part in workshops that relate to what they need to be learning at any given time,” he said. When all sections are occupied, the Faringdon subdivision is expected to have about 4000 people living in it. Lincoln High welcomes change in uncertain times • By Tom Doudney WITHOUT A crystal ball, it’s impossible to know whether Lincoln High School’s roll will rise, fall or stabilise over the next few years, principal Kathy Paterson says. Whatever the case, Lincoln’s roll will be directly affected by the opening of Rolleston College as Rolleston was previously part of Lincoln’s enrolment zone. Mrs Paterson said the Ministry of Education was working on some predictions for the school’s future roll but no one knew what the numbers would be at this stage. “If you live in the Selwyn area, you will know that there is so much growth and so many new subdivisions that no one has got a crystal ball that is going to define what the roll will turn out being, so it is very much an unknown. We will just have to take each year as it comes,” she said. It was hard to quantify how many Lincoln students had typically come from Rolleston but she said it would be “several hundred.” However, Mrs Paterson saw the establishment of the college as positive for Selwyn and both schools were keen to work together. “It’s been coming for a while so there has been a lot of planning and Lincoln has grown so quickly that there needs to be another school in the area, so it’s good for both schools really,” she said. “All the primary schools that are now open in Rolleston and the potential for another primary school in Lincoln means that there are people coming through in both areas that will need secondary education.” Lincoln’s roll had grown by about 200 to 250 students in the last three years to about 1650 at the end of last year. She didn’t have the figure for this year’s roll but believed it would be lower by about 30 or 40 students. RELOCATION SALE 30% OFF ALL FABRIC PFAFF SEWING CENTRE 9 Witham St, Hornby Phone 349 7867 9 Shands Rd Prebbleton - Lincoln A my es Rd Springs Rd Carmen Rd Main South Rd Russley Riccarton - City Dress up your dress! Get a jacket from Smith & Boston! SMITH & BOSTON Prebbleton Village | Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5646 Enjoy the Romance AT TERRACE DOWNS RESORT Valentine’s Day DINNER $ 75 Valid 14 February A glass of Sparkling Wine, 3 Course Set Menu, Live Music Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 Indulge with our special package for Couples This Valentine’s Day, let us help you treat that special someone with a great package for two! Package includes romantic dinner for two overlooking the beautiful surrounds of Mt Hutt, candlelit spa bath before sliding into one of our super king size beds. Complimentary late checkout in the morning, with breakfast brought to you in your villa. Optional extras also available including welcome platter and champagne and spa treatments on site! Valid from Friday 10th Feb – Sunday 19th Feb 2017. Priced from $450 per couple. Phone us on 03 318 6943 Only one hour’s drive from ChCh Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: