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Nor'West News: April 17, 2018

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8 Tuesday April 17 2018 Your Local Views Latest Christchurch news at NOR’WEST NEWS QE II school rezoning angers parents Shirley resident Verity Verster talks about how several suburbs may be left out of the potential new Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School zone THE RE-ZONING of Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School has left local residents feeling robbed. Families remained in the area, decided to rebuild their homes with the prospect of being able to send their children to either high school. The re-zoning has excluded the current community of Richmond, Dallington, Shirley and Edgeware, leaving residents frustrated, angry, abandoned and robbed. This community remained in the area for the schools. When the schools were facing closure – we fought alongside them to remain open. When the schools announced that they would •From page 1 During the overnight camp, the girls listened to guest speakers, EGG cofounders Lucy Tothill and Gussie Cohen, who are St Margaret’s old girls. They have had first-hand experiences in countries such as Malawi, Tajikistan and Somalia. The EGG charity was recently granted charitable trust status. Head girl Jemima Vaughan said it was “super exciting” to see girls getting involved and supporting the school charity. “It gives them some perspective of worldwide issues and sits really well with our school theme for the year, ‘everyday superstars’, which is centred around service and kindness.” NEW SCHOOLS: Several suburbs may no longer be in the zone for the new Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School campus being built at QE II Park. remain open but would need to relocate, we were assured that we would be zoned for the new schools. We were given assurances that we could send our children to a single sex high school. Based on those assurances, many families decided to rebuild their broken and damaged homes and primary school children continued to attend broken and damaged primary schools. The promise made to them was the opportunity to attend a state-ofthe-art campus, steeped in tradition with a reputation second to none. My boys would be SBHS graduates. There was a silver lining. This is why we are so angry. Why we are here today. Comments have been made that we have a local high school close by; the re-zoned area doesn’t have a school and needs one; we argued against the inclusion of a further area yet want to be included ourselves etc. This argument is not about what we have v what other areas don’t have. It is not a them against us and vice versa argument. The bottom line – the Ministry of Education made assurances that affected the decisions local residents made. Big decisions. Life changing decisions. The MOE has gone back on those assurances and cut us out completely. Any resident anywhere in Christchurch faced with this realisation would be angry. Would be frustrated. Would feel robbed. Furthermore, although the school and the MOE have been in communication for 18 months regarding ‘re-zoning’, the local residents have only been informed now and given three weeks to rally together and fight for inclusion. The culpability lies at the door of the MOE yet it is no where to be seen – no representatives, no one to answer the questions that residents need answers to. Experiencing poverty at St Margaret’s sleep over SLEEPING BAGS: Lilliana Murray-Orr, Georgia Marchant, Martha Luisetti and Maddie Pfahlerf spending the night at St Margaret’s College. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Best Motorbuys TM Letterbox Advertising Flyers and Newspaper Inserts ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086 DESIGN We offer professional design services. PRINT We print your gloss mailers and letterbox flyers. Delivery Canterbury wide coverage or targeted zone deliveries. FREE QUOTES Contact: Michaela Malloch P: (03) 379 7100 or 021 932 177 E:

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