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Western News: April 17, 2018

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New Zealand Schools: Public Private Partnership (PPP3) SHIRLEY BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL AVONSIDE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Drawing Title: EXTERNAL PERSPECTIVE - ENTRY VIEW NOTE: PLANS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER OTHER DRAWINGS NOTE: COLOURS ARE INDICATIVE Project No.: Scale: Date: 15814 NTS 2016-11-09 SBAG 1403 2 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi get in touch from the editor’s desk THE WHEELS of democracy will be put to the test this week when a hearings panel considers the site for the Hornby mega School centre. open DayS The bulk of people who made submissions don’t want the centre sited at Denton Park (see page 1). Ultimate campus taking shape at QEII Park Construction of the new state-of-the-art campus for Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools is progressing rapidly with opening on track for next year. GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 The new campus will feature a Performing Arts Centre CLASSIFIED with a 750-seat theatre ADVERTISING and a 200-seat theatre, a Ph hockey 379 turf, 1100 four sports fields, three indoor gymnasiums, a café, and a The large Christchurch library and learning centre. Star Company Ltd PO Both box Avonside 1467, Girls’ Christchurch Principal Sue Hume and Shirley Boys’ High School Headmaster John Laurenson are excited by the progress. starmedia.kiwi “There are now more than 100 workers on site – that will peak to more than 300 in coming months. The steel framing is up and the concrete slabs are down and we can see now NEWS Emily O’Connell Ph: 364 7497 emily.oconnell@starmedia.kiwi just how big this campus will be – it’s simply wonderful,” says John Laurenson. “You can finally see all that we have been talking about and dreaming about taking shape. We will be onsite with our ADVERTISING Alana Powell Ph: 962 8753 alana.powell@starmedia.kiwi students, staff and community making the most of all of the fantastic new facilities before we know it.” The campus is due to open in Term Two of 2019. It will be the first time in New Zealand’s history that two single sex schools will be co-located. John Laurenson says the co-location will enable the schools to offer students more. “Because we’re building together, we’ve been able to build bigger and better facilities.” Sue Hume says the co-location will also enable better educational opportunities. “We’ll collaborate on teaching some senior subjects, so we can offer students wider choice and there’s also the opportunity to work together on co-curricular opportunities – such as productions, sports competitions and the like.” Both principals are keen to point out that the co-location is not a merger. Soap Box WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday april 17 2018 17 There was a truck-load of submissions, underlining how people feel about the issue. If the panel says yes to Denton Park, that decision will then need to be agreed to by the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and then it goes to the city Sue and council’s John. chief executive Karleen Edwards. I asked Western News reporter Emily O’Connell what she thinks will happen. Her gut feeling is that the hearings panel and community board will give it the green light. Watch this space. - Barry Clarke Feel welcome in Halswell Halswell residents want people to become engaged in the community. advertising feature Page 6 School Open Days What’s the best school for your child? Check out the education options in our 12-page feature Pages 16-27 “We’ll still be Shirley and they’ll still be Avonside. We’ll work together, but both schools will retain their own culture, identity, staff and uniform. This is not a co-ed school,” says John Laurenson. “Research shows that single sex education benefits both boys and girls,” says Sue Hume. “Boys perform better academically and girls participate more. This new campus, has been designed so that students will still spend most of their time in a single sex environment.” Both Sue and John say the campus will be an asset the east of Christchurch will be proud of. community events Chat about your favourite read Head along to the Chinese Book Club on Wednesday, 6.15 to 7.15pm. Page 14 “We’ll be right alongside the new QE2 Sport and Recreation Centre, the School of Gymnastics and have a satellite unit for Ferndale School onsite. It’s going to be a great place to learn.” WESTERN NEWS The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 18,190 homes every Tuesday Templeton, Islington, Hei Hei, Broomfield, Halswell, Oaklands, Westlake, Hornby, Wigram, Sockburn, Church Corner, Ilam, Russley, Hyde Park, Avonhead, Riccarton Park, Riccarton. YOUR LIFT, HERE WHEN YOU NEED US. Do you or a loved one need extra help getting out and about, or a friendly face to give you a hand? Lift Companion Driving offers a safe, reliable, AVONSIDE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL friendly driving and companion service, which provides much more than a simple taxi ride. We offer a wonderful option for: • The Elderly • Anyone who prefers to have a companion • Tourists who want a local and personal service OPEN EVENING 50% discount off your first • Those who can’t drive themselves booking. We hope to take Total • People with disabilities Mobility Thursday vouchers 24 in May the future, 2018 from 5.00pm – 7.00pm • Children needing safe transportation BUT will still give you The evening the same begins in the gymnasium at 5.00pm, with an discount so you don’t address miss from out! the Principal Mrs Sue Hume, and student representatives. A tour of the www.yourlift.co.nz school follows, with the opportunity to talk to teachers and students. 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WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday April 17 2018 3 News Noise concern delays skate park • By Emily O’Connell POTENTIAL SKATE board noise is holding up the resource consent for the Halswell Domain skate park. Earlier this month, Western News revealed that the skate park opening had been delayed until the end of the year because of issues with the resource consent application. Now Western News can reveal its application was awaiting further David Mountfort information from the city council – which is both the applicant and the authority that provides consent – regarding skateboard noise. On Thursday, city council head of resource consents John Higgins said the application is still on hold as the city council, as the applicant, is considering the commissioner’s report on the consent. Mr Higgins said commissioner David Mountfort had asked the city council for clarification about skateboard kick-ups raised in an acoustic report. Mr Mountfort will make a decision on the resource consent application based on a recommendation from the city council processing officer. In his report, Mr Mountfort said there is a “complete difference of opinion” from experts on kick-ups. “By this I do not mean any actual trick. It’s simply the action of the rider flipping up the board to catch one end of it in a hand, causing the other end to strike the ground,” the report read. HOLD UP: The city council’s application for resource consent for its Halswell Domain skate park is still on hold. ​ Mr Mountfort said he needs to be “very sure” that the maximum level of the noise source is at a “permissible level” before he can conclude the residents are not affected parties. City council head of parks Brent Smith said if it gains consent, the Halswell Domain skate park will be built in stages, with construction set to start at the end of August. He said the skate park would then be completed by Christmas. The Halswell Domain concept design includes a skate bowl, rising quarter pipe, mini ramp, learner ledge, fitness equipment, seating and a shade shelter. Work has already started on another Halswell skate park. The $350,000 Knights Stream skate park will be constructed by Hunter Civil and is expected to be completed by the end of July. Initially, both skate parks were supposed to be completed at the start of the year. But this was then extended to April. Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk TEMPLETON SIGNS The city council has asked Templeton residents to only display one “NO QUARRY” sign on their fence or property. Although the signs comply with the District Plan, displaying more than one breaks the rule. However, the city council is not enforcing this yet as it is “still working to achieve voluntary compliance.” SOFTBALL TOUR Oliver Wright, 14, of Templeton, has been granted $350 by the Halswell- Hornby-Riccarton Community Board. He will travel to Sydney in September for the under-15 international softball academy tour. RICCARTON BUSH GRANT The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board has also approved a $4371 grant from its discretionary response fund for the Riccarton Bush Trust’s projector and monitor. FREE WELCOME PACKS If you are new to Halswell or know someone who is, go along and pick up a free welcome bag at the Halswell Community Hub. The packs are full of information about local clubs and groups. The hub, located on 381 Halswell Rd, is open Monday to Thursday, 9am to noon. For more information, phone 020 4127 6083 or email halswell.comm@gmail.com. •Soapbox, page 6 new dollar store open Please get in touch with my office if you need any assistance on 03 338 6347 or megan.woods@wigram.org.nz matipo st riccarton rd riccarton mall maxwell st rotherham st clarence st dilworth st 113 riccarton road monday to saturday 9am-6pm sunday 9.30am-6pm Authorised by Hon Megan Woods, Shop 6, McCathy St, Christchurch