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Another school joins call

for additional road safety

• By Bea Gooding

ANOTHER SCHOOL in the

western suburbs is fearing for the

safety of its students following an

increase in traffic and dangerous

driving in the area.

Provisions for safer access

to Knights Stream School, in

Halswell, are being sought for

children walking, biking or

scootering to school, due to a rise

in traffic caused by the Southern

Motorway.

This comes after Western News

recently revealed the plight of

Hornby High and Halswell School,

which are also experiencing the

same issues due to growing traffic

volumes and speeding drivers.

The city council recently

installed improvements nearby

Knights Stream School, such as

road markings and speed signs.

But principal Mike Molloy believes

more needs to be done to

mitigate the issue.

The school is situated on

Richmond Ave and is connected

to John Paterson Drive, which

opens up to the motorway.

Molloy said vehicles passing

nearby the school often struggled

to slow down as they came

from a 100km/h zone down to a

40km/h speed limit shortly after.

“Kids aren’t predictable and

they’re not as good at judging a

vehicle’s speed. They don’t always

look, so we’re making sure we do

work on road safety, and parents

are supporting their children in

making good decisions,” he said.

“We’re trying to be preventative

rather than reactive.”

The school, through the

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board, requested

PROVISIONS:

Knights Stream

School principal

Mike Molloy

is concerned

increased traffic

in the area is

endangering the

lives of students

walking or biking

to school.

PHOTO: GEOFF

SLOAN

the city council address a

number of concerns regarding

the safety of children.

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Hornby, Saturday, 10am-noon, at

Fendalton, Tuesday, 10am-1pm, at

Upper Riccarton and Halswell

Fendalton, Halswell, Hornby and

Upper Riccarton libraries

A Justice of the Peace will be available

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witness signatures and documents,

certify document copies, hear oaths,

declarations, affidavits or affirmations

as well as sign citizenship,

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Citizen’s Advice Bureau

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They take the time to listen and

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and support that fit your needs.

Free, phone 349 5236 for more

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English Conversation Club

Thursday, 11am-noon

Upper Riccarton Library

The Conversation Club is a drop-in

group where anyone is welcome to go

and practice conversations in English.

This is not a class, but an opportunity

to talk with others and meet new

people.

Fantastic Fun Friday, Friday, 3.30-4.30, Bishopdale Library.

Go along to the fun sessions using technology, craft and more. Runs every

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Free Legal Advice

Thursday, 6.15-8.15pm

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A lawyer will be available to answer

your legal questions. Take relevant

documents. Free. No bookings

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Technology Help Drop-In

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Tuesday, 11am-noon at Hornby,

2-3pm, at Halswell

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issues including using email,

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library catalogue, using electronic

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Wednesday, 11am-1pm

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you with finding your family history

online. Meet at the Family History

computer.

Mah-jong Group

Wednesday, 1-3 pm

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“The ethos of our foundation

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outstanding programme coordinator

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Buses also cause

visibility issues

• From page 1

Molloy said the volume of

traffic has already increased and

expects this to rise.

The school wants a 30km/h

speed limit and a raised platform

outside of the school, installing

cameras to catch vehicles,

a pedestrian crossing, and

more signage to remind driver

behaviour.

Buses parked outside of the

school also caused visibility

issues when vehicles were

turning right from Killarney

Ave and the school wants the bus

stop to be moved across the road

to the Knights Stream Park car

park.

A lack of street lighting at

night was also a concern for children

passing through the area,

and Molloy hoped lights would

be installed.

“We’re a community school, so

when we’re not here people are

still safe when they’re coming

to use the facilities after school

and during the weekend, not just

when the school’s operating,” he

said.

Molloy noticed improvements

when extra signage was installed

recently by the city council,

but was concerned a new speed

bump at the intersection of Richmond

Ave and John Paterson

Drive was not raised enough.

“It’s not sufficient as it

stands to mitigate the issue as

it’s only a slight bump. You could

probably hit 80km/h over it fine,”

he said.

City council transport operations

manager Steffan Thomas

said additional 40km/h signage,

road markings and a kea crossing

already outside the school

were considered to be sufficient

provision.

Relocating the bus stop was

not desirable, and the new speed

bump in question was recently

modified to better slow vehicles

down.

“Relocating the bus stop into

the car park would result in

more pedestrians and typically

more children needing to cross

the road. However, staff will

investigate the visibility concerns

raised,” Thomas said.

“The developer has recently

modified the platform by

shortening the ramps to slow

vehicles on approach. It had been

designed to accommodate buses

which require the ramp to be

slightly gentler than a platform

on a non-bus route.”

Squash club seeks further funds

• By Avneesh Vincent

BURNSIDE Squash Club needs

another $60,000 to upgrade its

changing room.

THe club has received a

$60,000 grant from New Zealand

Community Trust for the work.

But it’s only half of what the

club needs, said president Deb

Salisbury.

THe club had applied for

$120,000.

Salisbury said the changing

room was as old as the building

which was built 50 years ago.

“When you look up the

ceiling of the room, you can

see the exposed pipes. So not

particularly attractive,” she said.

THe club would now be seeking

to raise the $60,000 it needs for

the upgrade which could include

fundraising, and a loan that

members would pay off through

subscriptions.

FUNDRAISING: Deb Salisbury hopes upgrading rooms will

attract new members to the Burnside Squash Club.

At present, the club has one

toilet each for men and women

with shower facilities.

THe additional funding would

help with total expenses like

covering the overhead pipes

while other upgrades would

include an extra women’s toilet,

a men’s urinal, improving the

shower, and replacing the hot

water cylinder.

Aside from health and safety

concerns. She said the complete

makeover of the changing room

to suit “modern requirements”

would help increase membership,

as the room looked quite

outdated.

Salisbury said that the upgrade

was not possible until they

received the full amount.

Plans for the upgrade start

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Every Day is Open Day

Once again, the New Zealand educational curriculum is

in the firing line – and it is perhaps hard to argue that it

shouldn’t be.* On the all-important international stage, the

latest data from PISA, the Programme for International

Student Assessment, indicates our Kiwi kids are on the

slide. The downward trend in results over the last decade

shows a lost equivalent of three to six terms of schooling in

the key subjects of Reading, Maths and Science.

This is despite a 32% increase in per-child spending since

2001 and, in Christchurch at least, the construction of

purpose-built modern learning environments deliberately

designed to foster the national curriculum’s child-centred

orthodoxy.

Of course, every child should be at the heart of their own

learning. How could they now be! But let’s not throw the

baby out with the bathwater. A child’s education should be

a balance of subject knowledge; essential skills; teaching

programmes developed to suit their demonstrated

knowledge, understanding and progress; and assessment

that offers you, your child and their teachers, honesty and

evidence of this progress.

All parents, teachers and coaches know that children learn

best when they are interested in what they are learning.

Making subject knowledge and skills

interesting is the ongoing and exciting

challenge for all of us who educate and

motivate our children.

Located in the heart of our city, St

Michael’s has been educating and

nurturing the children of Christchurch

for 169 years. For our young pupils

have limitless potential to lead exciting

and generous lives, and we have the

responsibility to educate and inspire

them, to encourage every child to flourish

in mind, body and spirit.

St Michael’s is a prep school for girls and

boys in Years 1-8. ‘Prep’ as in preparation

for secondary school, a foundation for a

fine life. For at the heart of St Michael’s

are the essential values of Christian faith

and good citizenship: respect, integrity, community, faith,

hope and love.

An independent school education at the primary level is

a great gift. Our classes are small, with year-groups of 20

pupils, ensuring your child is an individual, well known by

staff and fellow pupils alike.

Traditional foundations in English and Maths are

assured. This academic rigour then underpins our wider

curriculums in History, Geography, Science and Spanish.

IT literacy is taught, not assumed, and computer use is

measured. We like teaching and talking to our pupils!

A prep education offers balance. St Michael’s cultural

and sports’ programmes further develop your child’s

foundation, as creativity and problem-solving come in

many forms. Specialist art and music classes are enjoyed

weekly. We have three choirs, and most pupils participate

in instrumental or speech & drama lessons with our ten

itinerant staff.

Nestled on the banks of the Avon, opposite the Riverside

Farmers’ Market, our extended campus is spectacular: the

Art Gallery, Museum, Tūranga – the

central library, and Hagley Park are

just minutes away.

Many of our parents now work in

the thriving city centre or Lincoln

and Riccarton Road hubs, but they

live city-wide. They comment on the

comfort of knowing their children are

in school nearby and the benefits of

popping over for an hour to catch a

performance or watch a race. With the

central exchange only a block away,

senior children arrive by bus from all

corners of the city.

You and your child are warmly

welcome to discover our purposeful,

wholehearted and inclusive prep

school. Our next Open Day is

coming up, on Tuesday 3 November. Pop in during

the day between 8.30am – 4.00pm for a tour, and to

book an appointment on the day with the principal,

please contact registrar, Bec Hitchcock: registrar@

saintmichaels.co.nz or 03 379-9790.

St Michael’s School

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✓ Co-educational, Years 1-8

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✓ Central city location; easy access

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Thursday October 22 2020

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

WESTERN NEWS

Artist takes inspiration from impact of Covid-19

• By Bea Gooding

DARRYN GEORGE believes

the world needs a little bit more

innocence.

The Christ’s College head of

art’s painting, Mara #26, represents

the beauty and joy of the

world and has been recognised at

this year’s Wallace Art Awards.

The competition celebrates the

country’s best visual artists and

is one of the largest and most

distinguished of its kind in New

Zealand.

Placed second out of more

than 650 entries, he was awarded

$22,000 in lieu of a residential

placement at the British School

at Rome next year.

George’s plans to study at the

prestigious art school may have

been dashed due to Covid-19,

but that has not stopped the art

teacher from revelling in his

achievement.

“I was very humbled and I

wasn’t expecting to win [the

award]. To be amongst the finalists

was an amazing honour,”

said the Bryndwr resident.

“This year felt like my work

was heading in a really good

direction, so it was the right time

to enter and test the waters.”

George was inspired to bring

joy to people through art following

the negative impact the

Covid-19 pandemic has had on

the world.

The bright colours of the oil

pastel and acrylic on canvas

painting were used to represent

the innocence of the Garden of

Eden.

The “crowd” of people in

the foreground of the painting

looked on to the scene of innocence,

“yearning” to see what

was on the other side.

“It grew out of watching the

news seeing so many bad stories

and the brokenness of the

world,” he said.

“The idea of it is to go back to

the Garden of Eden and its innocence

before the fall. I started

to think about the beauty and

purity of what that used to be,

and what it would look like from

a child’s perspective.

“I used, colour, crayons and

pastels as a child would to get

across the idea of beauty and

joy.”

George has always been drawn

to painting preferring it over

other art such as as photography

and sculpture, which were often

more time consuming due to the

PRIDE: Christ’s

College head

of art Darryn

George’s

painting (right)

was one of

the finalists at

the Wallace

Art Awards.

PHOTOS: GEOFF

SLOAN

use of materials and equipment.

Said George: “I like the fact

that I can sit in my studio and

immediately start painting,

rather than doing sculpture or

photography that can require

materials or a bigger studio.”

The British School at Rome is

home to researchers of the art,

history and culture of the western

Mediterranean from across

the globe.

As part of his award, he was

due to further his own art

history research at the school,

delving deeper into the artistic

influences of Italy.

He planned to use the prizemoney

instead to explore more

corners of the world for research

once international travel became

available again.

“Travelling to places like New

York and seeing art in the flesh at

galleries challenges me on what

to do next and validates what I’m

doing in my own studio, which

helps put my work in context.”

In the meantime, he was content

with doing what he loved the

most – teaching his students the

importance of art.

“I love teaching the boys, they

take risks and try out things that

I wouldn’t have the courage to

do myself; it always inspires me,”

he said.

“The key thing I teach is to

think laterally. Not all of the

boys will become artists, but the

skills are transferrable.”

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