Sec­ond meet­ing for new school

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

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.

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