6 Tuesday May282019 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Walls go up at new school • By Louis Day THE FIRST walls of the new Redcliffs School went up recently. Pupils watched on as the precast concrete walls were placed on May 17 . Principal Rose McInerney was delighted with the progress being made. “After a lot of uncertainty, it is great to see that it is definitely going to happen. There were so many bridges that we had to cross to get here, but it is great knowing that we will have our school return to the community next year,” she said. Pupils will move into the new school on April 27 and the official opening will be held in June. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she will “do everything she can” to be at the opening of the school in a letter to pupils. Ms McInerney is confident Ms Ardern will be there. “We are pretty sure that she will be there. We are really excited that she wants to come, she knows that we have been on the biggest journey to get here,” she said. After a community campaign to keep the school open, then- FRESH START: Pupils watch as the concrete walls are put in place at the new Redcliffs School. Education Minister Hekia Parata reversed her decision to close it in November 2016. It was decided the school would relocate to Redcliffs Park, sparking a separate unsuccessful campaign by the Friends of Redcliffs Park to rebuild the school at its Main Rd site. The school has been operating out of the van Asch Deaf Education Centre since the 2011 earthquakes. Dancer stepping up to world stage • By Louis Day SAM Richardson wants to become one of the best dancers in the world. Now, the 19-year-old from Mt Pleasant has the chance to get there. He is one of three performer from Team Cozy crew, which has qualified for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in the United States in August. Richardson is set to dance alongside Caleb Gopal, 18, and Chloe Wright, 15, in Phoenix. They finished second in the mini-crew category at the Hip Hop New Zealand Championship in Auckland last month and were one of just three teams from the category to qualify for the world champs. Richardson balances full-time work as a barber with weekly SOUTHERN VIEW Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk CHEMISTRY: Sam Richardson (centre) leads the charge during Team Cozy crew’s performance at the Hip Hop New Zealand Championship last month. dance practices. “I just dance as soon as I finish work, it’s pretty busy, but I enjoy both of them so it’s no stress,” he said. The crew will have to showcase three styles of hip-hop dancing at the world champs. Richardson feels confident ahead of the competition. “I think we can do it, we have just got that chemistry. It would mean everything if we got it.” The styles include breakdancing, house and new school swag. The team will pay for some of the trip themselves, but are looking for donations and sponsorship. •To donate, go to www. givealittle.co.nz/cause/ support-team-cozy-hip-hopcrew-to-achieve One bedroom serviced Apartment Seldom available at this boutique village Enjoy your independence with a full range of services available in a modern kitchen, living room, spacious separate bedroom and en-suite, with a lovely aspect. If your thinking of moving before winter this is your opportunity! We currently also have rest home rooms available for permanent or respite care. “Located in the heart of St Martins / Opawa, set in tranquil surroundings” Phone: 332 7323 60 Hawford Road www.chatswoodretirement.co.nz Lay of the Land Brent Forbes Brent Forbes exhibits his latest work in a solo show ‘Lay of the Land’ at Little River Gallery which opens Saturday June 1st. Brent writes about his painting practice. “It’s like driving somewhere. A shape, a curve in the road or a certain piece of light comes to your attention then just as quickly disappears in the rear-view mirror. Several kilometres down the road the same thing happens again, each new vista either forgotten or somehow remembered, an accumulation of random memories. Upon arrival you now have a loose set of images in your mind – some can be tied to a certain place, others cannot – but either way there has been a conscious and unconscious engagement with your surroundings. Then you head into the studio and use these points of reference to start working. But working is something else. There is experimentation, conflict and resolution. There is engagement and restraint. There is a journey with its own rules. Sometimes you end back up where you started, but if you are lucky you can end up somewhere new – discovered because you had an idea of where you wanted to go but as you set off you threw the map out the window.” Lay of the Land Brent Forbes 1– 26 JUNE Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 email@example.com
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