A show­er­ing of gifts for Sed­don

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - EMILY HEY­WARD

A school in Marl­bor­ough has marked the first an­niver­sary of the Kaiko¯ura quake with a show­er­ing of gifts.

A year on from the quake and chil­dren at Sed­don School are cel­e­brat­ing no more ‘‘con­crete’’ grass.

The school turned its new sprin­klers on for the first time on Tues­day with­out hav­ing to worry about costs. An ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem has been in­stalled at the school with the wa­ter com­ing free of charge from an ir­ri­ga­tion scheme used by farm­ers in the area.

Sed­don School prin­ci­pal Ta­nia Pringle said it meant the chil­dren would ben­e­fit in the long-term.

‘‘Not only do we get a green field that is safe and keeps good ground qual­ity but it will also mean bud­get-wise we can ac­tu­ally put money into the chil­dren.’’

Blind River Ir­ri­ga­tion do­nated the wa­ter, which was set up on an au­to­mated sys­tem.

Blind River Ir­ri­ga­tion chair­man Andrew Ham­mond said he wanted to do his bit to help the school, as he was third-gen­er­a­tion to the area.

For­mer board of trus­tees chair­man Gra­ham Payne, who worked to get the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem run­ning, said the do­na­tion was ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant for a lit­tle school’’.

‘‘That ges­ture meant a lot to the com­mu­nity,’’ Payne said.

Marl­bor­ough Mayor John Leggett was at the school on Tues­day for the of­fi­cial count­down as the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem was turned on. The chil­dren were dressed in flu­o­res­cent gear in recog­ni­tion of the hard work of road work­ers since the earth­quake.

Har­courts Marl­bor­ough put on a bar­be­cue for the chil­dren as part of the quake com­mem­o­ra­tion. Busi­ness owner Mark Davis said it was im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge the an­niver­sary of the quake.

‘‘We just wanted to go down and ac­knowl­edge it, see how the kids are get­ting on.’’

Har­courts pre­sented the school with a cheque for $400 from their Har­courts Foun­da­tion pro­gramme, which gave money back to a nom­i­nated com­mu­nity when some­one sold a prop­erty with them. Sed­don School was also do­nated $3000 from Phil Tay­lor, who ran the Queen Char­lotte Track in one day and set up a Givealit­tle page for the school.

Trac­tor Re­pairs and Spares in Sed­don gifted the school a new lawn­mower, and H Black­well Con­tract­ing also do­nated $2000 to the school.

The money would help re­place the orig­i­nal entrance, pulled down post-quake af­ter health and safety con­cerns.

Pringle said the entrance, not cov­ered by Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing, was ‘‘iconic’’ so a new entrance would rep­re­sent the school mov­ing for­ward.

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