Nor'West News: January 21, 2021

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021

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St Margaret’s

students

flying high

Page 5 Pages 6-7

Continuing

to keep

community safe

All style for a pool splash

Sunday 21

March 2021

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Demolition

of housing

units blamed

for rise in

antisocial

behaviour

Branson Nielson, 12, of Northwood, performs some aerial acrobatics from the diving board at the Jellie Park

Recreation and Sport Centre, on Thursday. •More photos, page 11.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​

• By Bea Gooding

TERI NICHOL believes

the demolition of a former

community housing unit

has contributed to the rise of

inappropriate behaviour caused

by “drunks” around Edgeware

Village.

Like many workers and

shoppers at the village, the St

Albans resident is fed-up with a

group of men who spend their

time terrorising customers for

money and food.

Interactions with the

individuals were often aggressive

in nature, especially if donations

were not perceived to be enough,

or if they were not given

anything.

A police spokesperson said

police met with the Edgeware

Business Association group late

last year to discuss concerns

surrounding anti-social

behaviour.

Since then, police have

increased their presence in the

area and served a trespass notice

to the offending individuals at

Fresh Choice Edgeware.

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Community board outlines plans for year

• By Bea Gooding

David

Cartwright

BIGGER BINS, addressing

derelict buildings and improving

pedestrian safety are just

some of the priorities the

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood

Community Board will spotlight

in the coming months.

As the wards embark on a

brand new

year, chairman

David

Cartwright

says board

priorities remain

largely

unchanged

but felt “cautiously

optimistic”

for the

year ahead.

Although

each area was unique and had

its own set of issues, the board

was focused on installing “Big

Belly” bins at high-usage parks,

such as Abberley, Bishopdale and

Avonhead parks, to address overflowing

rubbish bins.

Another one of their priorities

was also under way as the demolition

process of the “derelict”

Old Caretaker’s House at Burnside

Park has already started.

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The board also wanted to see

a shared pathway installed at

the eastern end of Gardiners Rd,

from Wilkinsons Rd to Sawyers

Arms Rd.

It was one of their top priorities,

Cartwright added, to improve

pedestrian safety for all.

The lack of footpath has

caused some concern among

residents and board members

alike, which was a barrier for

disabled people, or those with

prams and young children accessing

the area.

Said Cartwright: “We see that

as a key project within that area

for safety, so they don’t have

PRIORITIES:

The Fendalton-

Waimairi-

Harewood

Community

Board will

address issues

of overflowing

rubbish bins

at parks,

including

Bishopdale

Park, in the

coming

months.

PHOTO: GEOFF

SLOAN

to walk on the grass, or on the

road.”

Part of the board’s priorities

for the next three months and

beyond was ensuring community

groups they supported had

the “capability and capacity” to

continue operating.

The board’s 2020-2022 plan

revealed feedback from residents

indicated they were concerned

about the increased house and

vehicle break-ins across Bishopdale,

Avonhead and Russley over

the past year.

In response, the board plans

to work with police to educate

communities, with Christchurch

North Community Patrol to

increase the number of patrols,

and Canterbury Neighbourhood

Support towards safety initiatives.

“There’s some fantastic work

going on in the neighbourhood,

so we’re doing what we can to

assist them in fulfilling their role

within the community,” Cartwright

said.

Lessons learned during the

events of last year gave the board

some preparation for 2021.

A “glass half full” approach

while working together was

needed to tackle what was yet to

come.

Perception was often

worse than reality, Cartwright

said.

“There’s still a little bit of pain

ahead, however, we are significantly

better placed than other

parts of the world.”

“As long as we can have good

conversations and keep our

calm, we will survive. We’re still

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In Brief

Worker ‘terrified’ of group

INTERSECTION

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Marshland, Lower Styx and

Hawkins Rds intersection

will start this week. Upgrades

include widening the bridge

over Styx River, the extension

of the Canal Reserve Drain

culvert, installation of traffic

signals and street lights, road

widening and landscaping.

Fortnightly progress reports

will be issued and any pending

changes to traffic management.

Construction is expected to

be completed by March next

year and will be carried out in

stages.

PARKING ISSUES

RAISED

Parking issues on Cranford St

were raised at the last Papanui-

Innes Community Board

meeting. Parents have been

parking over driveways during

school pick-up and drop-off

times, preventing residents

from accessing their properties

on some occasions. The board

requested that the city council

advise them on when road

works were completed so that

the need for additional no

stopping lines or enforcement

could be considered.

• From page 1

Said Nichol: “The change-over

of the management of council

flats in the area to Ōtautahi

Community Housing Trust has

seen more undesirable behaviour

because of the people they’re

placing in the units.

“The housing units behind St

Albans tennis courts have been

torn down, so there are many

new homeless people roaming

the area.

“This is probably where this

group of men have come from.”

She has had to regularly call

police 105 and the city council

because she did not feel safe

walking to the shops.

For years, Nichol and her family

have enjoyed the playground

and paddling pool at Abberley

Park, about a 10min walk from

the village.

But as of two weeks ago, that

was no longer the case.

“This group of men arrived

to go behind a large hedge, they

were drinking and started to

take their clothes off, then one

urinated right out in the open,”

she said.

“My three-year-old wanted

to go to the paddling pool, but I

realised that these men probably

bathe in there.”

Workers told Nor’West News

last week the long-standing

issue has only worsened in the

last three years, who described

intimidating and threatening

behaviour towards customers.

Real Fruit Parlour front of

house worker and chef Chadi

Coira confronted one of the men

at Riverside Market in December,

telling him to “stay away from

my shop.”

Shortly after, the store was

tagged with graffiti – an act

of retaliation, she believes, for

standing up to them.

Coira was now afraid to work

in the downstairs section of

the shop, staying put upstairs

instead.

“I’m terrified. One of them has

been looking for me specifically,

asking my co-workers where I

was,” she said.

“I can’t call the cops because

I’m scared of what they’re going

to do.”

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police doing enough to

address inappropriate

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Village? Email your views to

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In the last two weeks, Coira

has felt safer having seen at least

one police car driving past each

day.

Said the police spokesperson:

“Police continue to have a presence

in Edgeware Village, just as

we do in all our communities.

“Begging or hanging around

public places in themselves are

not criminal offences, but police

are called from time to time to

deal with issues involving public

disorder or complaints about

antisocial behaviour.”

In some cases, those dealt with

are suffering a range of welfare

issues.

“In those cases, police seek to

use alternative resolutions and

referrals to partner agencies to

assist with specialist help.

“We encourage anyone

experiencing or witnessing an

incident that requires police to

call 111 immediately, so we can

attend in a timely manner and

respond appropriately.”


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Thursday January 21 2021 5

Students fly high in cirque aerial classes

• By Bea Gooding

A MERIVALE school is

breaking new ground as the first

school in Australasia to offer

cirque aerial classes.

Launching for the first time

this year, St Margaret’s College

is providing the classes through

their Theatre Dance Academy

and is open to the wider community,

not just students.

New Zealand cirque master

Danny Lee Syme joins the

programme, helping others

learn the ropes of aerial trapeze,

silks, lyra and aerial strength

techniques.

TDA director Alison Rossiter

said interest in the classes was

already picking up, with spaces

filling up fast.

Being a “triple threat” was

typical in the performing arts

industry, but these days, employers

were looking for more.

“It’s super exciting, I think

we’re in a blessed position to

have the facilities to offer something

unique,” she said.

“With the way the world’s

going in the industry, you need

extra tricks now.”

The school’s dance studio was

rebuilt following the Canterbury

earthquakes. The new design

featured the engineered rigging

BREAKING GROUND: St Margaret’s College has become the first school in Australasia to

offer cirque aerial classes.

required for equipment to suspend

from the ceiling.

They wanted to create a versatile

space for students to perform

and train in, having the capacity

to learn the necessary skills

needed to thrive professionally

beyond SMC.

Some classes will be part of the

NCEA dance curriculum, where

students can earn marks towards

their studies – a point of differ-

PHOTO: PETRA MIGNEAU ​

ence compared to other existing

circus studios.

The school’s Theatre Dance

Academy syllabus already

includes open mixed classes,

taking in students aged from

early childhood right through to

adults.

Here they will learn the art of

American jazz, ballet, contemporary

dance, hip hop, musical

theatre and Latino dance.

It was an opportunity for

students who wanted to increase

their strength and fitness, try

something new, or add an industry

performance dimension to

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“It’s fun and a chance to work

with a different skill set. It’s

also really positive, good for

mindfulness and overcoming

challenges,” said Rossiter.

The academy will be hosting

an aerial open day next

Wednesday, free of charge, and is

for all ages.

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NOR’WEST NEWS

Former police officer continues to keep

SAFETY: Canterbury Neighbourhood Support manager and

former police officer, Murray McGusty, has responded to

some of the city’s most devastating disasters in the last two

decades.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

• By Bea Gooding

SUPPORTING communities

through Covid-19 isn’t Murray

McGusty’s first rodeo, and it

most certainly won’t be his last.

The former police officer of

23 years became manager of

Canterbury Neighbourhood

Support at the end of 2019, just

as the world was coming to grips

with the pandemic.

Having responded to some

of the city’s most significant

disasters – two earthquakes, the

Port Hills fires, and the mosque

attacks – he brought a wealth of

experience to the table.

The tumultuous events of

last year were far from what he

expected but he was looking

forward to some normality.

Said McGusty: “Last year was

a bit of a muddle, I’m hoping

this year isn’t going be as such

so I can re-focus on getting back

to the basics, to get out there,

meet new people, and get back

to normality as much as possible.”

CNS establishes and provides

support to neighbourhood

support groups across the city,

making communities safer

through crime prevention work,

emergency preparedness and

well-being.

Being a part of the non-profit

trust ensures residents are looking

out for their neighbours,

who work together to report

suspicious behaviour, and therefore

reducing crime.

If residents are familiar with

their neighbours, resources can

be spread more quickly during

times of great need.

“I do believe communities

that are connected and work

together are stronger and more

able to deal with what comes

along, whether it’s an earthquake

or a flood,” said McGusty.

It was rewarding to witness

others working hard to improve

their neighbourhood, he said.

He recalled a moment when

residents saved a person’s life,

thanks to the quick actions of

fellow neighbours.

“The people who noticed that

their neighbour’s blinds were

not open one morning found

the occupant collapsed inside

and called emergency services.

The occupant had suffered a

brain aneurysm.

“The occupant is alive and

well thanks to the actions of her

neighbours.”

Just before Christmas, he

heard a story of an individual

who wanted nothing to do with

the neighbourhood support

group on his street.

But after an incident involving

police, it was now a different

story.

“One day when he was out,

neighbours noticed someone in

his home. They called the police

and a burglar was apprehended.

“He now belongs to the street

group,” he said.

Working with neighbourhood

support as a former police

officer worked to his advantage,

having his foot in both

doors regarding contacts,

and knowledge from past

experiences.

McGusty’s police journey

began two decades ago when he

became an officer in Christchurch,

where he remained

throughout his tenure, which

included front line duties and

enquiries.

In his last five years with the

police, he worked extensively

with Phillipstown Neighbourhood

Policing team on crime

prevention before he became the

CNS manager in 2019.

It was something he always

wanted to do, he said, making

communities safer through the

police and various groups.

Although he was not born in

Christchurch, he has lived here

for a “long time,” working in the

city for all of his police career.

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Starting Monday 18 January, for about four weeks, we will

be removing and/or trimming some willows in and around

Ōtukaikino Creek.

The trees border the pedestrian walkway along the creek,

by the popular dog park at The Groynes.

Access will continue, and the pedestrian walkway will be

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Thursday January 21 2021 7

communities safe

Over time some of the

messaging had mostly

remained the same – cars

and houses were still

getting broken into as

they were not secure and

valuables were in clear view

through windows.

But a major difference

today was the dangers of

the internet, which proved

to be a challenge.

“Fraud, scams – that’s

really taken off as it’s all

electronic now, and they

are getting clever,” said

McGusty.

The manager’s first year

at CNS has been rocky, to

say the least. Like “all nonprofits,”

they were facing

financial challenges caused

by Covid-19.

But communities they

support, especially some

elderly people, were still

isolated and struggling.

“There’s still a reluctance,

with older people it’s taken

a while. They’re still very

cautious about mingling

and meeting new people.”

When McGusty was not

tramping or dabbling in a

PRIDE:

McGusty with

Halswell-

Hornby-

Riccarton

Community

Board

chairman

Mike Mora

(left) and

Wigram MP

Megan Woods

meeting to

discuss crime

prevention in

the area last

year.

bit of horticulture, he was

thinking ahead.

His next steps included

organising a crime

prevention study, which

examined different

communities and whether

they had neighbourhood

support groups or not, and

if this affected crime rates.

“There isn’t much crime

going on in an area with really

strong neighbourhood

support, but there will be

other areas with no support

groups, so I just wanted to

do a comparison.”

Young filmmakers to

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PARK-LOVING young

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creating a 60sec video to

celebrate Parks Week.

Organised by the city

council, the video competition

is open to budding

directors aged from seven

to 12-years-old.

The winning videos

will be uploaded to the

city council website during

Parks Week in early

March.

City council head of

parks Andrew Rutledge

said the competition

– which is open until

February 1 – encourages

children to show why they

love a particular park.

“We hope youngsters

will be inspired to share

a brief video – perhaps

featuring themselves or

friends and family – of

their favourite parks,” he

said.

“By sharing their special

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– and families – to explore

COMPETITION: Young filmmakers across the

city are being encouraged to create a video

depicting their favourite park, and why they

love it.

Christchurch’s wonderful

parks.”

Future filmmakers can

follow the tips on the

competition page to create

their videos on their

phone, or perhaps book

the audio-visual studio at

Tūranga for special editing.

Edited or unedited

entries are all eligible, with

the winners chosen by

how much they can show

their love of parks.

PHOTO: NEWSLINE

The best video will

win a family zipline

experience at the

Christchurch Adventure

Park while family

pool passes are also on

offer.

Parks Week will be

held from March 6 to 14.

•For more

information, visit

https://ccc.govt.nz/

parks-and-gardens/

play/parksfilmfest/

ART in the PARK

Four local artists, Therese Boustead, Sandie

Brown, Dawn Kirk and Christine Doyle,

have joined forces to present a variety of

original art, including watercolour, oil and

photography. Therese is a local artist with a

passion for painting in watercolour. She uses

colour to highlight the elegance, delicacy

and fragility of New Zealand local and

native birds. Sandie is an accomplished oil

painter, capturing the magic of light moving

across everyday objects in exquisite still

life, seascapes and landscapes. Dawn is a

local photographer who uses a lightbox to

capture the simplistic beauty of flowers from

her garden. Chris is a watercolour artist who

captures the vibrancy of flowers with her

purity in colour. These wonderful artworks

are on display and for sale at the KIOSK,

CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC GARDENS

(Canterbury Horticultural Society building,

near the Children’s Playground and easiest

access via the Armagh St carpark), from

Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 January 2021,

10am to 4pm. These local artists welcome

your support.

Date/Time:

Thurs 28 – Sun 31 January 2021,

10am – 4pm.

Venue:

The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Jan 28 - 31, 2021

10 AM - 4 PM

The Kiosk

(Canterbury Horticultural Society building)

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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Minimising waste aim of student programme

SCHOOL STUDENTS will get

hands-on lessons this year on

how to minimise their waste

due to a free Learning Through

Action programme run by the

city council.

A Waste of Time programme

is aimed at year 5 to 13 students

and focuses on educating

them about the city’s recycling

processes through a series

of engaging and interactive

activities.

As part of the programme,

which schools can access for

free, students visit three of

EcoCentral’s recycling facilities –

the Eco Sort, Eco Drop and Eco

Shop – to learn what happens to

the material that is put out for

recycling after it is collected at

the kerbside.

A partnership between Eco-

Central and Red Bus means

that in term one participating

schools can get free transport

to and from the recycling facilities.

Said city council parks

programmes and partnerships

manager Kate Russell.

“We teach students about how

we use the three Rs – reduce,

reuse and recycle – to manage

our waste stream and we show

them how small changes to our

habits can have a massive impact

on our environment.

“It’s a great learning opportunity

and students come away

with a better understanding of

the importance of waste reduction

and recovering resources

rather than disposing of them to

landfill.’’

Other free city council Learning

Through Action programmes

focus on sustainability, climate

change, biodiversity, geology,

water conservation, civil defence

and local government.

“With all of the programmes,

the goal is to provide students

with authentic, hands-on learning

opportunities,’’ said Russell.

Students examine stream

invertebrates as part of the

Fresh Water Frolicking programme.

For example, in that programme,

students go ponddipping

to identify a range of

stream invertebrates and explore

the wider food chains and life

cycles.

They consider the importance

of freshwater biodiversity and

investigate the impact of human

choices on the sustainability of

our eco-systems.

In the Native Nurturing

programme, students explore

the contrasting landscapes of the

Port Hills at Victoria Park. They

discover how the unique Port

Hills environment has changed

over time and take a multisensory

walk through podocarp

forest.

The students get up close and

personal with pests to consider

their impact on native and endemic

species, and they have

the opportunity to learn about

tracking and trapping methods

used by park rangers.

oN sAle Now!

EDUCATION: Students, including those

from Mairehau High School, examine

stream invertebrates as part of the city

council’s Fresh Water Frolicking programme

to learn more about the environment.

PHOTO: NEWSLINE ​

“In the past five years we have

worked with around 200 schools

in Christchurch, helping them

give their students learning experiences

outside the classroom,’’

Russell said.

“Last year 7283 students

from more than 70 schools

participated in our Learning

Through Action programmes.

That is fewer than in previous

years due to the Covid-19

lockdown. In a typical year

between 10,000 and 11,000

students benefit from our

programmes.’’

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Is 2021 your year to move?

Let us help you with your home goals this year

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

The December holiday period is often a time of reflection for people as they assess their plans

for the following year. For many, after such an unpredictable year in 2020, those discussions

would have centred around where and how they want to live in the future.

There has been no slowdown of interest from buyers across our market and we expect this to

continue through the first quarter of 2021 and beyond. Owners that are selling in the current

market are benefiting hugely from strong buyer engagement as buyers are decisive and

motivated to purchase.

Now is a great time to sell, but don’t just take our word for it, check out the December statistics

below (*sourced from REINZ) and see the results for yourself.

Curious to know what your home is worth?

Call 0800 YELLOW

Nor’West Market Snapshot

December 2020

Median Sale Price

$638,000

Total Sales Value

$211m

Total Number of Sales

264

Median Days to Sell

25

^(+20.4%)

^(+111%)

^(+61%)

^

(-16%)

Compared to $530,000

in December 2019*

Compared to $100m

in December 2019*

Compared to 164

in December 2019*

Compared to 30

in December 2019*

Ray White Bishopdale & Strowan

0800 YELLOW (0800 935 569)

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Become a memBer 2021

become a member

Do you enjoy cards, like

challenges and want to

stay mentally alert?

Then discover BRIDGE with

the Christchurch Bridge Club

Established in 1952, the Christchurch

Bridge club was rebuilt in 2013 after the

earthquake. We are the largest bridge

club in New Zealand with a membership

of approximately 800 members, from

teenagers to 90+ years.

Our modern, architecturally designed

clubrooms are centrally located in Nova

Place, off Barbadoes Street and has

extensive off-street parking. Our modern

design combines excellent lighting &

acoustics, offering the ability to divide the

space for multiple users, not only bridge.

The Christchurch Bridge Club offers

lessons provided by professional teachers

who are well skilled in the game and

utilise the latest technologies for improved

learning that can be practiced and

reviewed at home on the Internet. After

10 weeks you will be ready to set out upon

the highway to bridge success and will

have developed a skill and passion to last a

lifetime.

Many opportunities will be open to

you representing your club, province or

country in a variety of grades. Or, just

enjoy a social game with the warmth and

friendship of like-minded people of all

Christchurch

Bridge Club

Do you enjoy cards, like challenges

& want to stay mentally alert?

….then discover Bridge with the

Christchurch Bridge Club.

11 FREE Beginner

Bridge Lessons

Wed 3 rd February 2021 @ 7.30pm

Phone: 366-1516

21 Nova Place, Christchurch

Email: office@chchbridge.co.nz

www.chchbridge.co.nz

ages. Watch out though! Bridge is very

addictive!

The next FREE beginner’s course

commences on Wednesday, February 3rd

2021, 7.30pm at the Christchurch Bridge

Club, 21 Nova Place.

Back to Bridge classes for 4 weeks

starting Wednesday 10th February at

7.30pm. Cost $25. Two further Free

beginners courses will start on Wednesday,

May 5th at 7.30pm and Sunday, July 25th

at 1pm.

For further details or to enrol, phone

366-1516 or email office@chchbridge.

co.nz website: www.chchbridge.co.nz

COASTAL SPIRIT

FOOTBALL CLUB

2021 Registration

ONLINE NOW

www.coastalspirit.co.nz

Beginners, Social & Elite

New players welcome

Male & female players

4 to 65 years+

Email: info@coastalspirit.nz

Premier Football for

East Christchurch

Coastal Spirit are the premier club on

the east side of Christurch. We provide

football for all ages and abilities. We

have organized teams from U9 – U17,

though to senior men and women, as

well as masters football. We cater for

male and females and run a number of

Development Programmes for junior

and youth players through-out the year.

We have Youth teams that play in the

This is the advice we always give to

people who want to learn aikido. Of

course every new student is naturally

apprehensive about beginning a Japanese

martial art; we have all “been there.” But

to begin you need to take that first step on

to the mat.

At Aikido Shinryukan Canterbury we

take care to ease beginners into training

through our basics classes taken by

senior instructors. Step by step we build

your knowledge. We focus on

beginners understanding the

fundamentals of aikido so that

they can enjoy developing their

skills in the art in a supportive

group.

“We want students to develop

technically and physically as

quickly as they are capable”

notes chief instructor Andrew

Williamson. “We can then

introduce them to more

advanced training and build on

the total knowledge base held in

our group.”

Anyone can do aikido

regardless of age or fitness. We

have students aged from 5 years

old through to 67. The benefits

Canterbury United Development Leagues

(CUDL). Our Premier Men’s and Women’s

teams compete in the Mainland Premier

Leagues with the Men now having access

to the new Southern Conference and

National League. Our Women’s team are

the most successful team in the region and

one of the best in the country winning 10

Women’s Premier League titles in the last

13 years.

Just step on the mat

of training particularly in these uncertain

times are huge including healthy exercise,

self defence and stress relief.

Aikido Shinryukan Canterbury has

dojos in Burnside and Linwood and

provides daily classes for adults and

children.

So come along and take that first step!

For more about how to join phone

Andrew 021 343 672. Website www.

christchurchaikido.co.nz.

EVERGLADES

COUNTRY

GOLF

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Everglades

Country

Golf Club

637 Marshland Rd.

New Members and

Green fee players welcome

9 holes $10.00 18 holes $20.00

Pay for 5 games and receive

the 6th game free

The course is open every day except

Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm

Details are available for both at

the club house phone 323 8641

or the Secretary phone 323 7678

Email: evergladescgc@xtra.co.nz

Learn To Line Dance

With Mary Stanley-Shepherd

CATHEDRAL CITY LINE DANCERS

MONDAYS

Commencing 1 st February 2021

Bromley Community Centre, Bromley Rd.

New Dancers 6 – 7pm

Experienced Dancers

7.00 – 8.30pm

Tuesday & Wednesday

Afternoons

Commencing 2 nd & 3 rd February 2021

Woolston Club, Hargood St, Woolston

New Dancers 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Experienced Dancers 1.30pm – 3.15pm

Tuesday Evenings

Commencing 9 th February 2021

Paparua RSA, 38 Kirk Rd. Templeton

New Dancers 6.15 – 7.00pm

Intermediate 7.00 – 8.15pm

For further information

Phone Mary 389 8809 or 021 216 3382

Email danzlines@gmail.com


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Children

on school

holidays

flocked to the

Jellie Park

Recreation

and Sport

Centre to

cool off from

the warm

temperatures

across the city

last week.

Alex Cairns, 13,

of Burnside,

and Tan

Talanoa, 14,

of Redwood,

cool off at

Jellie Park

Recreation

and Sport

Centre.

Left – Ollie

Mitchell-

Del Valle, of

Casebrook,

exits the pool

after having a

swim at

Jellie Park.

continuing education

christchurch School of Music

The challenges we have all faced in 2020

have proved to us at the Christchurch School

of Music, just how important music is to

our well-being, a sense of purpose and an

opportunity to communicate and collaborate

with others to create something very special.

It was wonderful for us to see the

excitement and enthusiasm of our students

on the first day back at rehearsals as soon

as we came out of Level 2. “ I didn’t realise

how much I loved orchestra until we went

into lockdown and I missed it so much”

Comments like this were very common

on the first day back. We may have had to

sanitise our hands, sit socially distanced

from our friends in the ensemble, spray our

chairs and stands between groups but it was

all worth it just to have the chance to make

music again.

The Christchurch School of Music is

a family-oriented community aimed at

providing quality music education in

and around Christchurch. We believe

passionately in the power of music to

promote well-being and joy in people’s

lives and we constantly strive to ensure our

kaupapa meets the needs of all the students

in our care.

On a Saturday morning the whole family

can find something to suit. Preschool and

junior school children can start their musical

journey by joining in our “Take Off with

Music” classes while older children and

adults may opt for lessons on a specific

instrument (including voice). Those who

already play are welcome to join in one

of the great ensembles which all take part

in regular concerts. Our students enjoy

ensembles in a wide range of genres from

classical through to choral, jazz, rock and

world music.

Age is no limit - our Late Starters

programme provides the opportunity for

adults to learn an instrument and join an

ensemble with other like-minded adults.

If Saturday isn’t an option, CSM also

offers a range of weekday opportunities

for learning and playing music and, if

affordability is an issue, CSM may be able to

offer a discount through funding provided

by the Rata Foundation and CERT.

Come and join us and start on a musical

journey that will bring joy for a lifetime.

Photographs: gary easterbrook

Fereti Baice, 13, of Burnside, leaps into the pool at Jellie Park.

Sean Cresswell, of Pegasus, Quinn McDonald, of Woodend, Elliott

Hallmark, of Woodend, Seb Debono, of Woodend, and Lukas McDonald, of

Pegasus, cruise along in the pool.

PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN


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continuing education

Papanui High School

Term 1, 2021 nightclasses

Are you wanting to learn new skills,

gain confidence, be creative, get fit or relax,

meet some new people, keep mentally

active or follow a particular passion?

There are many reasons why people wish

to continue to learn. Come along to

Papanui High School and enrol in one of

our popular nightclasses where you will

enjoy getting together with like-minded

people. Our tutors are well-qualified in

their chosen field and wanting to help

make your learning experience rewarding.

We are confident regardless of your age,

or interest, you will find a course that will

give you the opportunity to extend your

personal skills and knowledge and meet

some new people in an enjoyable friendly

environment.

We offer a wide range of classes

including a variety of Cooking Classes,

Cake Decorating, Photography,

Art, Ukulele and Guitar, Languages,

Woodwork, Beekeeping, Stone Carving,

Millinery, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi,

Dressmaking, Cheese Making, Upholstery,

Learning how to write Children’s Books

and Magazine Articles plus many more

options.

Our classes for Term 1 begin the week

of 15 February and most run for 7 weeks.

Classes are held in the evenings but there

are some weekend workshops on offer

as well. For a full list of courses and

enrolment information please visit our

website https://www.papanui.school.nz/

com-edu/categories or telephone our

office on 033520701 or email Barbara

Roper rpb@papanui.school.nz

In the heart of the city, in

an historic, wooden villa at 59

Gloucester street you will find

the CWEA (Canterbury Workers

Educational Association). This adult

and community education centre has

been in the centre of Christchurch

for over a hundred years and offers

a huge range of courses in subjects

as varied as music and movement,

philosophy, arts and crafts and

cultural studies. With over 60

courses and events offered each term

you will find a lively and vibrant

community of thinking, questioning

and creative individuals of all ages.

Highlights for the coming term include

song-writing with local legend Adam

McGrath of popular band the Eastern,

science talks and craft courses as part of

Sea Week (6th to 14th March), organic

gardening design, and up-cycling old

clothing into new treasures with the Sewing

Fairy.

The CWEA is committed to quality

education that is available to all. Every effort

is made to keep costs to a minimum and

places are heavily subsidised so that they

are well below market rates. For example,

the 8 week Hatha Yoga class works out at

just $4.50 per 1 hour session with a further

25% off for community service and kiwi

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“Have a go” at

something new

this year at your Wea

able card holders.

You may well find you have been to the

CWEA before as it is often host to many

public meetings and other events put on

by the likes of Forest and Bird, Safe, the

Fabians and others. The organisation is

committed to supporting the Christchurch

not for profit sector with heavily discounted

room hire with four rooms seating from

10-90 people.

If learning something new or taking

a favourite hobby to the next level is on

your to do list this year hop online and

book your seat at the CWEA today www.

cwea.org.nz , call us on 03 3660285 or

pop in and have a chat with their friendly

team.


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continuing education

Risingholme’s Adult and

Community Education

Courses for Term 1, 2021

new year-new beginnings!

Are you wanting to learn something new, or just

wanting to explore or develop a skill further?

Are you planning or thinking about a career change

and not quite sure which direction you are wanting to

go in?

Are you wanting to learn or improve your Te Reo

Māori or Sign Language to assist you at work or in

your community?

Enrolling in a Risingholme course maybe the

solution you are looking for. Check out our website

www.risingholme.org.nz

For Term 1, 2021 we are offering a wide range

of courses – Arts & Craft, Digital Skills, Exercise,

Wellbeing and Health, Fabric Arts, Food and

Cooking, Language, Pottery, Music and Woodwork.

Do you have an interest or passion for photography

and want to build your knowledge and improve your

technique? We will be offering two photography

courses this year:

• Basic Photography for DSLR. This beginners’

course is designed to take you through the technical

and creative process using your camera to make great

images that you can be proud of.

• Intermediate Photography for DSLR. This

course is a follow on from our basic course where you

will develop your skills moving into the field of digital

editing by being intoduced to two different types of

‘industry standards’ software.

We are excited to bring you a new cooking course

that is being offered in Terms 1 and 3.

• Tastes from around the World. Planning to do a

cooking course, but there are too many choices. This

course may be your answer. It is designed to provide

an opportunity to learn how to cook six different

dishes from three places around the world with tutors

who come from the regions of the cuisine they are

teaching.

Our full range of courses and

their locations can be viewed

on our website

www.risingholme.org.nz

If you have an enquiry,

please do not hesitate to email

us at info@risingholme.org.nz

or telephone the office on

03 332 7359.

Course brochures

are available at

the Risingholme

office and CCC

public libraries.

Spaces are

limited in

some courses,

enrol now

to avoid

disappointment!

Adult and Community Education Term 1, 2021

Come learn with us

Risingholme Community Centre offers

a wide range of short courses, each

term, at a range of venues.

Risingholme Community Centre

Art (Creative Art, Mixed Media, Painting with Acrylics, Drawing

& Sketching), Fabric & Craft Skills, Guitar, Pottery, Sewing Skills,

Upholstery, Using your Overlocker, Sewing Retreat, Yoga, Wood

Sculpture, Woodwork, Woodwork for Women, Zentangle, Fermented

Foods, Te Reo Maori, Patchwork and Quilting, NZ Sign Language,

Dollmaking, Reiki, Te Reo Maori Whanau Time, Visual Merchandising.

Christchurch Girls’ High School

Sewing Skills, Te Reo Maori, Watercolour Painting, Drawing &

Sketching, German Language, Painting with Acrylics, Spanish & Go, NZ

Sign Language, Pattern Drafting.

Hornby High School

Sewing for Beginners, Te Reo Maori, NZ Sign Language.

Riccarton High School

Calligraphy, ESOL English For Migrants & Second Language Speakers,

Indian Cuisine For Beginners, Italian Language, NZ Sign Language,

Russian Language, Te Reo Maori, Yoga, Photography Basic, Tastes from

around World, Picture Framing, Junk Journal, Creative Writing.

Full details available on www.risingholme.org.nz

Risingholme office at 22 Cholmondeley Ave, Opawa, Chch

Phone 03 332 7359 | Email info@risingholme.org.nz

www.risingholme.org.nz


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BACK TO SCHOOL

Chisnallwood Intermediate

School

Welcome to Casebrook

Intermediate School

2021 edition

Established as a Junior High School,

Chisnallwood is specifically designed to

meet the needs of students in their preadolescent

years. This design has been

carefully developed over many years

and is based on the best that has been

seen in New Zealand and Internationally.

By enrolling at this school you are

opening doorways to opportunities that

will prepare you fully for secondary and

beyond. A well-balanced mixture of

specialist and home room teaching in

this highly resourced environment will

capture your interest and attention in a

manner that will ensure your success.

Breens

Intermediate

Breens Intermediate prides itself on

being a community focused school

with a strongly embedded values

model. We aim to provide maximum

opportunities for our students and strive

for excellence in all that we do.

Our teachers are dedicated

professionals who have a sound

understanding of the specific needs of

pre-adolescent young people.

Relationships are at the core of what we

do and our teachers pride themselves

on knowing their learners and families

well and taking responsibility to ensure

that each child is working towards

achieving personal excellence.

Our specialist staff and facilities in

Recognised as a leader in its field,

Chisnallwood is nationally renowned

for its achievements, particularly in the

areas of music, the arts, sport and all

academic endeavours. This success

is brought about by the quality of the

resources we have and the commitment

of the highly trained and dedicated

teaching staff.

Our values of Respect, Relationships,

Responsibilities and Resilience (Our 4Rs)

enable our students to fulfill our motto

which is to challenge the margins of

time and explore what is beyond.

Foods, Design,

Workshop, Digital Technologies, Science

and Visual Arts ensure high quality,

authentic learning.

We actively look for ways to encourage

students to extend themselves in all

sorts of areas including traditional

academic areas; as well as digital

technology, digital design, food

technology, workshop, science, culture,

the arts, sport and leadership. We want

our school to be one where students

can feel at ease with who they are as

unique individuals and achieve to their

very best ability.

You can learn more about our school by

visiting www.breens.school.nz .

We look forward to welcoming our

new and returning students and

whānau to our community when

the 2021 school year begins. Our

learning environment is supported

by a strong focus on our school

values of Respect - Whakaute,

Excellence – Panekiretanga, and

Perseverance - Hiringa. Through

these ‘REP’ values we develop

within each student a sense of selfworth

to realise their importance

as a member of our Casebrook

community.

Our school environment is one

Welcome to Casebrook 2021!

Office Reopening:

The office will be open from Monday 1st

February 2021, from 10am - 2pm.

Year 7 First Day:

Friday 5th February 2021

Students to assembly in the hall at 9.00am

School day finishes at 2.00pm

Waitangi Day observed: Monday 8th February

Year 8 First Day:

Tuesday 9th February 2021

All students go to their classrooms for 8.40am

start. School day finishes at 2.50pm

Sharon Keen, Principal

www.casebrook.school.nz

email: office@casebrook.school.nz

Ph: 3597428

where students are safe and

have the confidence to take

risks with their learning. In this

way the students at Casebrook

are supported and encouraged

to become self-motivated,

independent learners.

We value the partnership between

home and school. Together we will

create an environment that fosters

the feelings of pride and belonging

that comes from engaging in the

wide variety of opportunities we

have on offer at Casebrook.

Chisnallwood

intermediate sChool

Chisnallwood Intermediate School welcomes

students to the 2021 school year.

Year 8 Students commence Wed,

February 3rd at 8:40am.

Year 7 Students commence Thurs,

February 4th at 11:30am.

For further information contact:

The Principal

Breezes Road, Christchurch

Phone: 3884-199

E.mail: kim@chisnallwood.school.nz

Website: www.chisnallwood.school.nz

“A school

proud of its

academic,

cultural and

sporting

success”

Banks

Avenue

School

Living And Learning With HEART

Te oranga me te ako ki te Ngaku

Banks Avenue School welcome in zone enrolments for

2021 and beyond. Our school is to be rebuilt and we will

continue to provide high quality teaching and learning

programmes for many years to come.

• The school office will be open and staff available from Monday

1st February 2021 from (8:30am - 3:30pm).

• Parent/student interviews will take place Tuesday 2nd and

Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

• The first full day for children will be Thursday 4th February 2021.

• Stationery packs may be purchased online from Qizzle.co.nz.

Principal: Toni Burnside

For further information contact our school office:

91 Banks Avenue, Shirley • Phone: 385 4163

Email: office@banksave.school.nz

Website: www.banksave.school.nz

Welcome to new students for the 2021 school year.

Our staff are looking forward to meeting you and

we anticipate yet another ‘Brilliant’ year at Breens

Intermediate School.

Welcome back to our Year 8 students. Hopefully you

have all had a good holiday and are excited about your

learning for this year.

2021 school year commences:

Year 8 students – Monday 1st February at 8.50am

All students – Tuesday 2nd February at 8.50am

On Tuesday 2nd February – Year 7 and the new Year 8 students

are to assemble at the front of the school. We will have staff

and students to meet you and show you where to go.

At 9am there will be a Mihi Whakatau to welcome new

students to Breens. Parents and Whanau are invited to join us

for the welcome to our Breens school community.

The Breens school office will re-open on

Wednesday 27th January, 2021.

Our Office will be open from Monday 18th January 2021

First day of school is Monday 1st February 2021

www.cathcollege.school.nz | 62 Ferry Road | Tel: 982 1690


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2021 edition BACK TO SCHOOL

Papanui High School - Preparing

students for their future

“Our aim is simple... to provide the best

education possible for every student.

Giving students the opportunity to study

from an innovative and broad curriculum

is critical to providing each student a

pathway that meets their individual

needs. We allow for a greater range and

flexibility in subject choice including

the utilization of the secondary/

tertiary interface. This reinforces

the philosophy underpinning

personalised learning and

is strongly supported

by understanding our

students’ interests,

passions, talents,

and ultimately their

career aspirations.

We understand

that for effective

learning to take

place, it has to

be implemented

in such a way that

students will be highly

engaged. The school

does this in a ‘forward

thinking’ way by creating learning

environments that allow our students

to see value in what they do and

achieve. Papanui “PRIDE” is what we

represent and we demonstrate this by

having young adults leave our school

as confident learners who have gained

the appropriate qualifications and social

skills to become valued contributing

members of society.

All that we do here is reinforced by

positive relationships, an ethos of caring,

cultural responsiveness, inclusion, and

high expectations – what we call “Our

Full service Model”. The school highly

values the connectedness of curricular

and co-curricular learning.

We have a philosophical

understanding that the

holistic development

of the student is

critical to their

individual success.

The school has

worked hard

to consolidate

recent initiatives to

ensure sustained and

continuous improvement.

You are invited to view our

website, school charter, ERO

report, and/or contact the school for

more information.

We look forward to welcoming all

prospective students and their families/

whānau.

PAPANUI HIGH SCHOOL

START OF SCHOOL YEAR 2021

NB: SENIOR STUDENTS (Year 11 – 13). Students will be notified if course

changes are required. The Senior Course Tutor will be available from 20

January for consultation.

Monday 25 January - School Office opens

Tuesday 26 January – Thursday 28 January

Peer Support training camp

Monday 1 February

Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 2 February

New International students report at 8.45am

Year 9 students report in full uniform to Hall, 9.00am – 2.30pm

Transferring students (Years 10-13) in full uniform to Hall, 9.00am – 12noon

Powhiri for ALL new students – 9.00am

Wednesday 3 February

All Year 9 students report to form classes at 8.30am – 2.30pm

All Year 12 students report to hall in uniform at 9.00am – 10.30am

All Year 13 students report to hall at 10.00am – 11.30am

Thursday 4 February

All Year 9 students report to form classes at 8.30am – 2.30pm

All Year 10 students report to hall in uniform at 9.00am – 10.30am

All Year 11 students report to hall in uniform at 10.00am – 11.30am

Friday 5 February

Timetable starts

Monday 8 February

Waitangi Day - School closed

Wednesday 6 February

Normal school day

Papanui High School

30 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053

Tel: (03) 352 6119

Email: admin@papanui.school.nz

Jeff Smith - Principal

Hornby High School

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo

e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste.

Kumusta. Haere mai ki Te Kura Huruhuru

Ao o Horomaka. Warm greetings to the

Hornby High School community, and a

special welcome to those of you who

are new to our community.

Welcome to Hornby High School where

our vision is to be a ‘centre of creative

excellence he puna auaha’. That means

we endeavour to foster creativity in

everything we do: sports and science,

governance and teaching. To do that we

seek to equip students with the tools

they need to be creative, critical thinkers.

Our school whakatauki says:

Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu

‘Feathers enable the bird to fly’

Optimism is one of those qualities

that some have more than others. As

educators we always begin each year

with that sense of optimism about

what the year, the students, and the

community, will bring. For us that

optimism is grounded in what we have

experienced the year before, and our

plans for the year to come which reflect

those things that we can control.

For Hornby High School that sense of

optimism is well founded. Despite the

global events of 2020 we have pushed

for and experienced student success

as we have evolved our curriculum and

teacher practice to match the beautiful

buildings and facilities that we now use.

The new year will see us with

significantly improved sporting facilities

which are bound to be well used on

the back of the wonderful sporting

successes our students and their teams

achieved in 2020. Our main playing

fields will benefit from the newly

installed underground irrigation and the

resurfacing, and our all weather sports

turf will support quality practice and

performance for all ages.

And then there is the ongoing focus on

cultural and academic achievement

which continues to see students take

their place amongst the best. Join us in

our extraordinary journey.

And please make sure you follow us on

Facebook for the latest and most up to

date news https://www.facebook.com/

hornbyhighschool/ .

Start of year 2021

Monday 25th January - School Office opens

Wednesday 3rd February

2.00-3.00pm - Year 7’s meet Wananga Learning Advisor

Thursday 4th February

9.00-10.00am - Mihi Whakatau for Years 7, 8 and 9 and all new students

10.00-2.00pm - Year 7, 8 and 9 - Wananga

10.30-12.00pm - Years 10 and 11 - Assembly and Wananga

12.00pm - Years 12 and 13 - Assembly and Form Time

Friday 5th February - Years 7-13 normal timetable all day

Monday 8th February - Waitangi Day Observed - School closed

180 Waterloo Road, Hornby - Ph 03 349 5396 www.hornby.school.nz


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BACK TO SCHOOL

Papanui Primary School

Papanui Primary is a small school

where families and teachers work

together for the benefit of children’s

learning and development.

We believe that children need to feel

safe and happy before they can learn

so our terrific staff work collaboratively

Merrin School

Whetū Kohara (Merrin School) has 500

students throughout years 1-8, our

students follow our

5 school values:

Rangatiratanga ; Leadership

Whanaungatanga - Relationships

; Manaakitanga - Respect; Ako -

Teaching and Learning ; Kaitiakitanga

- Guardianship

Our students enjoy coming to school

because of “our amazing teachers

who come to school each day and are

eager to teach us heaps!” Students are

given opportunities that are based on

Villa Maria College

Villa Maria College is a state integrated

Catholic secondary school for girls in

Years 7 – 13. The College was opened

by the Sisters of Mercy in 1918 and has

grown to accommodate 800 students

within its beautiful grounds. The

spirit of Mercy is the very heart of our

College, and there is an emphasis on

service to others and the community.

Girls are educated in Catholic

teachings, and this Catholic character

is evident throughout the College.

Our Mission is to: “Empower each

young woman to determine her

potential, live Gospel values,

confidently embrace life-long learning

and as a Mercy woman be inspired to

make a difference”.

The education Villa Maria College

Papanui

Primary School

The Papanui Pathway

Kimihia te ara tōtika – seek the right path

Papanui Primary School caters for new entrants to Year 6

children in the Redwood and Papanui areas. The school

has an enrolment scheme and zone but will have places

available for out of zone children starting school in 2021.

We view education as an active partnership between

home and school with parents / caregivers and teachers

working together for the benefit of children’s learning.

We have an enthusiastic and dedicated team who provide

a supportive learning environment where the children are

engaged, challenged and supported.

Important dates for 2021

Office open

Tuesday 2 February and Wednesday 3 February

9:30am – 12:30pm

School starts Thursday 4 February 2021

email: principal@pps.school.nz

to create an inclusive and welcoming

place for children to learn and grow.

We welcome you to visit to find out

more about our school.

Extracts from the 2020 E.R.O. report

“Leaders and teachers have

established a foundation of values,

leadership, tone, climate and

relationships that provide a strategic

focus likely to sustain and improve

student engagement, progress and

achievement.

School leaders and teachers have

developed an orderly and responsive

school environment that is conducive

to learning and wellbeing. Students

feel well cared for and included. “

what they want to be learning about.

We have AMAZING staff filled with

talented people who help teachers,

look after our grounds, monitor the

office and so much more! They are all

super friendly!!

Merrin School is very diverse, our

school has 22 different nationalities!

In 2021 we are starting our rebuild,

our 2020 rangatira have helped with

the new playgrounds, and a picture

of our new hall sign is up on the front

gate. We look forward to having new

modern classes.

offers is of the highest quality, and we

are proud of our excellent academic

results. Girls are encouraged to

stretch themselves and work towards

individual goals, so they fulfil their

potential. Our strong academic

programme is combined with varied

co-curricular activities, encompassing

sport, cultural and musical

programmes.

Our pastoral care systems ensure that

all girls are supported throughout their

schooling. Villa Maria College is an

environment that is compassionate

and engaging, and allows our girls

to participate fully in all aspects of

College life.

With a full and vibrant College

experience, balancing academic study

St Mark’s School

Transforming Lives

Through the St Mark’s Story

An Anglican integrated, co-educational

school for children in Years 1-8 (Ages 5-13)

St Mark’s School welcomes all pupils on

Thursday 4th February 2021.

School Centennial 9th - 11th April 2021.

Past and present staff, students and families

are invited to register interest on the schools

facebook page.

Cholmondeley Avenue, Christchurch

Phone: 03 332 7339 | Fax: 03 332 4485

Email: office@saintmarks.school.nz

www.saintmarks.school.nz

and the many co-curricular activities

on offer, it is a pleasure to watch our

students develop from Villa girls into

confident and caring young Mercy

women.

We invite you to visit the Villa Maria

College website and experience our

special character for yourself at www.

villa.school.nz

2021 edition

Opening of Fourvière Block

at Catholic Cathedral

College

In October 2020 the community

of Catholic Cathedral College

gathered in the morning for

the blessing of our new admin

and classroom block, named

“Fourvière” because of the historic

connection of the Chapel in Lyon,

France, with both our founding

orders, the Sisters of Our Lady

of the Missions, and the Marist

Brothers.

The opening began with an

address from Matua Russ Caldwell,

representing Tuahiwi and Ngāi

Tahu, before Bishop Paul delivered

the Rite of Blessing. The cultural

diversity of Catholic Cathedral

was reflected in the groups

Welcome to 2021

Monday 1st February

& Tuesday 2nd February

Kanohi ki te kanohi

(face to face meetings) - book online or

via the school office

Wednesday 3rd February

School begins for classes

Monday 8th February

Waitangi Day observed (School Closed)

Enquiries: please contact

Merrin School

03 358 8369

www.merrin.school.nz

that performed, with Kapa haka

opening the event and welcoming

our visitors, and our Pasifika and

Filipino Cultural groups performing

as the Bishop moved throughout

the eight new classrooms, blessing

them and a unique cross that was

designed for each teaching space.

As a community we are very

grateful for our blessings, and for

this excellent new facility provided

by Bishop Paul. The ground floor

is reception and administration,

and the next floor will house our

Religious Education department

with the Maths department on the

top floor.


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