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Rural character on display
By GARY MOODY
WE ARE COUNTRY: From left, Alice McGrath, Tim Bridgman, acting principal Ann-Marie Garden, Josh Bridgman,
Sarah Williams, lamb judge John Betts and Hannah Spragg during the lamb milk drinking race.
EVENTS LIKE pet day are
starting to hold a special signifi-
cance for a school under threat of
no longer existing in two years'
Yaldhurst Model School's act-
ing principal Ann-Marie Garden
hopes the lambs, goats and
horses brought along by the stu-
dents will help the Ministry of
Education -- with an official
invited to attend -- realise the
school is rural and the proposed
merger with urban Gilberthorpe
School will see that disappear.
The parents and staff are
determined to use every oppor-
tunity at their disposal to make
Although on the outskirts of
Christchurch, Miss Garden said
the school should be included in
the Darfield cluster -- not with
If the school merged, parents
could be pushed further south in
order for their children to stay at
a country school, putting pres-
sure on Weedons School and
West Melton School rolls.
She had worked at city schools
and Yaldhurst was different.
All the parents know each
other,'' she said.
They gather every day to pick
up their children as there is no
It is a strength of the school.
If we merge we will absolutely
lose the rural character.''
There was confusion over the
reason for closure. The roll was
still growing, and there was a
dispute over the amount of
earthquake damage the school
suffered and upgrades needed.
There were three new subdivi-
sions in the area, she said.
It was disruptive to students
and to staff, who just wanted to
focus on teaching.
The school had done public
consultation, and with the help
of a facilitator was preparing a
submission document by Decem-
ber 7. It would know its fate by
Parent Teacher Association
chairwoman Jeanine Cassidy
brings her children from Wigram
so they can attend a country
She said the school had a
lovely feeling and the teachers go
the extra mile''.
When the merger proposal was
announced some children had
relived the anxiety they suffered
after the earthquakes. Parents
were determined to stop the mer-
ger: It's not going to happen,''
More pet day photos, page 24.
By ANNA PRICE
A 50-YEAR-OLD Selwyn driver who
refused breath and blood/alcohol tests
after driving off a straight stretch of
road on Sunday night was so drunk he
could barely speak, police say.
The man will appear in the Christ-
church District Court at a date to be
set, charged with refusing to give a
blood specimen to a doctor.
He crashed his car on Leeston Rd at
8.40pm on Sunday, just an hour-and-a-
half after another drunk driver rolled
his vehicle on another section of the
In both cases, the drivers escaped
injury. No-one else was involved.
Constable Liz Johnson of Rolleston
said the 50 year old was so wasted,
police struggled to understand him.
He could only mumble. We
struggled to get anything from him,''
The tanked driver was given a lift
home by police to confirm his address.
Earlier, at 7pm, a 58-year-old South-
bridge man rolled his car at 100kmh on
the straight, on Leeston Rd, and
climbed out uninjured.
He blew 643mcg breath/alcohol. His
car had to be towed away.
It seems apparent that the drink
driving message is not getting
through,'' Constable Johnson said.
As Christmas approaches, friends
and colleagues need to take respons-
Country roads are killers after parties
YOUNG REVELLERS walking
home from parties on dark, lonely
rural roads across the Selwyn dis-
trict are dicing with death, police
Constable Liz Johnson of Roll-
eston is concerned the message is
They just don't get it,'' she said.
Two young lives have been
claimed on district roads in past
five months -- in Birches Rd, Lin-
coln, and just out of Prebbleton.
Country roads are very dark,
people are dressed in black and
can't been seen.
Young people attending parties
and transients between parties
walking on the road at night need
to be aware.''
Automobile Association motor-
ing affairs general manager Mike
Noon said the Selwyn tragedies
should be a wake-up call nation-
There's no winners. You've got
the tragic loss of young lives. The
drivers of the cars are affected for
the rest of their lives. Some of
these accidents are unavoidable.
The driver can't see the young
person, who may be in dark cloth-
ing on unlit roads, intoxicated and
walking erratically. The driver is
traumatised by a death or serious
injury,'' Mr Noon said.
It comes back to education and
awareness for those attending
parties. It's absolutely critical
they plan their transport and
know how they are going to get
home,'' he said.
It's the same with driving or
accepting a ride, it's not wise to
put yourself in a situation on a
country road if someone's intoxic-
Basic rules such as walking on
the side of the road facing
oncoming traffic, listening for
traffic and being aware many
rural roads are likely to have lim-
ited shoulders must be heeded.
The best option is not to be on a
road, but arrange to be picked up
or stay at the party overnight.
Police are responding to more
calls from the public worried
about partygoers in dark clothes
walking on unlit roads late at
All have been spoken to,''
Constable Johnson said. Parents
needed to know where their teen-
agers were going as the party sea-
son ramped up.
Parents are dropping them off,
so they should pick them up or
know how they are getting home
at nights,'' she said.
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