Seven Christchurch schools to close

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The Government has today announced that seven Christchurch schools will close and twelve more will merge as a result of the 2011 earthquake.
The seven schools to close, affects around 670 children. The schools are: Branston Intermediate, Glenmoor, Greenpark, Kendal, Linwood Intermediate, Manning Intermediate and Richmond.
The schools were told by Education Minister Hekia Parata that they will have to close by the start of the next school year.
As expected many of the school communities are in shock following the announcement from the Government. Schools in the area believed they were able to be open until 2015.

While accepting that the news for some schools would be hard to take, Ms Parata stopped short of apologising to affected schools, saying, “Look, change is hard”.

Phillipstown principal Tony Simpson said the decision was a “cruel blow to the heart of our community”.
“The children are terribly upset, they’re crying,” he said.
“The children were told in a safe, secure, nurturing place, with their parents, of the news, and … it’s a cruel blow.”

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9 Responses

  1. That’s horrible. I would hate it if my school closed. Kia Kaha all of you. my heart is with you!

  2. Idont care if change is hard thats disrespectful ppl go school to learn and make new friends yesh you should let them keep their schlool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. She is not nice to the whanau of te roa for the vialon is guiar. however I smile in the mirror reflects the image infront of it. the boat was bigger the earthquake for shutdown 7 school. Hekai Paraka is good girl and i look up to her.

  4. yea they need education Hekia needs to get fired and also i love dogs and cat and my cow went meow and my dog went moo and my cat went ruff

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