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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2018

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16 Wednesday March 7 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Broadfield School gets ready One of Selwyn’s oldest primary schools, Broadfield, is about to celebrate 150 years. Georgia O’Connor-Harding reports A LARGE celebration stretching over three days will begin on Friday to mark Broadfield School’s 150th jubilee celebrations. They include a tour including a tour of the Broadfield Gardens, a formal jubilee dinner and fete. The start of the jubilee will be marked by the school’s oldest living past pupil Ted Smith, 97 and a current pupil, his great, great nephew Hayden Lineham, 7, planting a scarlet oak tree. The last tree was planted 25 years ago when the school celebrated its 125th jubilee. The planting will be followed by the cutting of a cake by the school’s youngest pupil Matilda Hansen, 5, and a past pupil CELEBRATION: Broadfield School’s oldest living pupil Ted Smith will plant a scarlet oak tree to mark the opening the 150th jubilee. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Margaret Morrish – who was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to heritage preservation. Hayden is a fifth generation family member to attend the school. His great, great great grandad George first started at Broadfield in 1889. Hayden’s mother Rachel Smith also attended the school and now teaches part time. She said the school is basically the same as it was years ago and it is lucky to still be open. “The community is still really involved with the school. It is a real family atmosphere. All the teachers know all the children’s name,” Miss Smith said. One of her favourite memories was riding her pony to school - which pupils can still do today if they wish. Her other two children will be starting later this year. Leading up to the event, the school has put itself on the map by running a fundraiser which has led to the display of 20 scarecrows in its Shands Rd paddock. The scarecrow project was also a way of promoting the school’s fete on Sunday - which will feature 80 stalls, live entertainment and entertainment for children including a bouncy castle. Businesses have got on board with the project, either sponsoring a scarecrow at $1000 or delivering their own scarecrow to get behind the event. Flick the Fireman, Lieutenant Dan, Pine Pete, Harvey Tech and Adam Currie were some of the scarecrows sponsored by businesses. The funds raised will go towards a towards a jubilee pavilion structure to be installed over the school’s netball court area. The project is estimated to cost more than $100,000. Jubilee committee member Belinda McMillan, who came up with the scarecrow initiative, said the scarecrows are a fairly large talking point in Selwyn. She said the project has been massive and everyone now knows where Broadfield School is. Fun and exercise all year round Lagoon Pools import and install quality fibreglass swimming pools. To compliment the pools they supply good quality equipment including salt water chlorinators, heat pumps, pool lights, fountains and water features, swim turbines, spa jets, robotic pool cleaners and a range of covers and roller systems including hidden and automated. Imported from Leisure Pools in Australia, their Vinyl Ester pools are strong with six layers including protective armour. Each pool is strength tested and has a lifetime structural and osmosis warranty. Lagoon Pools owners Julie and Warren are dealers for Leisure Pools in the North Canterbury to Southland area, and agents for the Elite Hideaway Roller system. Call Lagoon Pools on 0800 927 282 or 349 2160, email or visit: They are open by appointment only. 03 349 2160 0800 92 72 82

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday March 7 2018 17 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk to celebrate 150-year jubilee “Before then you would tell lots of people and they would say “where is Broadfield School?” Now you say it is where the scarecrows are and they go “oh I know”,” Miss McMillan said. Broadfield was opened in 1868 and originally operated in the Broadfield Methodist Church before its first buildings were built in 1870. While the earliest roll of pupils ranged from 50-60, the attendance was a lot less and the ages ranged from 4 to 18-years-old. At this time schooling was not free so a charge of £1 per annum was made. It was reported school was not compulsory and not all children attended due to difficulties in paying. The grounds of the original school comprising of three acres was purchased by the late Samuel Early for £30. The official opening for the new school building was on Wednesday, July 6, 1870. The first teacher at the school was 19-year-old George Cotton, who served until 1872. It was reported Mr Cotton died about 1874 and about 250 adults and 50 children attended his funeral. The longest serving teacher at the school is Linda Trolove, who taught at the school from 1987, until her retirement at the end of 2017. While it now has a solid roll of 140 pupils, it has had a history of fluctuating numbers. In 1973 the roll dropped to seven and there was talk of closing the school but the moving in of a family with two children saved the school and it began to increase. Over the years the school has had several extensions with the most recent upgrade in 2016. BIG PLANS: An artist impression of jubilee pavilion structure to be installed over the school’s netball court area. (Left) – Broadfields School new entrants celebrate the 150th jubilee, including (back) Cooper McDonald, Toby Trevathen, Nate Manson, Ravi Berg, Michael Aitken, (front) Haniteli Vakapuna, Matilda Hansen, Izzy Edwards-Stieller and Cole Johnston. The Ministry of Education approving building a two-classroom-equivalent space plus an administration area, principal’s office, staff room and sick bay. The school’s original tennis court area was removed but a new court area was laid between the field and playground. *A large amount of history sourced for the article was researched and complied by former teacher Cynthia Parker. •To see the full schedule of events for the jubilee celebrations, go to http:// or https://www.facebook. com/BroadfieldJubilee/ •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you have memories of Broadfield School? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi working fast 236E chainsaw • 38.2cc - 1.4kW - 14” - 4.7kg • X-Torq ® • SmartStart ® • Air Injection • Low Vib ® • Tool-less chain tensioner was $449 now $329 staying safe 450ii chainsaw • 50.2cc - 2.4kW - 18” - 4.9kg was $1249 now $1125 onLy 4 LEFT comes with a FREE carry case worth $99 shanDs TEMPLETon 706 Main south Road | Phone 03 349 8955