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.
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.”
1. Find quote from the main person in this news article?