Second meeting for new school
Progress is slowly being made on Canterbury’s newest school with the second community meeting for Lincoln South Primary School held last week.
Establishment Board of Trustees chair Suzy Petersen said a ‘‘good number of people’’ turned out for the meeting to meet foundation principal Claire Howison and discuss progress on the school’s name, location and uniforms.
The school was expected to be constructed on the proposed South Field Dr location, Petersen said. The change of type, from living to education, was currently going through the Selwyn District Council. All parties were confident the proposed site would go ahead, Petersen said, and the school’s building designs had been made based on the site.
Petersen said the board also reassured the community that asbestos contamination reported in soil at the site had been dealt with and was no longer an issue.
‘‘All the testing has come back negative for any contamination.’’
The board would had their first property meeting with the Ministry of Education and the building team on Thursday afternoon.
‘‘The intent is that ground will be broken late February or early March next year.’’
Work began on forming a uniform focus group made up of parents at the Wednesday meeting. The group was likely to meet for the first time in 2018 to look into styles, fabrics and colours.
Petersen said uniform and school colours would likely be informed by the name so would need to wait until a decision had been made. The school had been gifted the name of Te Puna o Ararira (The Spring of Ararira) by Te Ru¯ nanga o Taumutu, but that name was mistakenly left off a preference list handed out to guests. Regardless of whether it was chosen, it would always stand alongside the school’s name, Petersen said.
‘‘We are very lucky as it’s a really beautiful gifted name.’’
Popular options on the night were Lincoln Springs, Ararira Springs and Ararira Primary. A poll would be on the school’s Facebook page until November 16.
There would be further community meetings in 2018 as further progress was made.
‘‘We’re keen to have the community involved with the process so they feel a sense of ownership for the school. We want it to be a school they are proud to send their kids to,’’ Petersen said.
The Lincoln South Primary Establishment Board of Trustees. Suzy Petersen is second from left.