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Positive start to year
NEW ENTRANT: Stacey Ebdon had no hesitation enrolling her daughter Lucy at Yaldhurst Model School for 2013.
By MAT KERMEEN
PREDICTIONS PARENTS would
remove their children from schools
with uncertain futures appear to
be off the mark in Selwyn.
Green Park, Burnham and
Yaldhurst Model Schools were
tagged for closure or merger in
last year's Ministry of Education's
proposed realignment of schools in
Canterbury, but all three are
open and operating at close to last
There had been fears in all
three communities that parents --
in a knee-jerk reaction to the pro-
posals -- would jump ship over the
Yaldhurst Model School deputy
principal Ann Marie Garden said
it had not had any significant los-
ses and doubted there had been
any students lost because of the
Ms Garden is thrilled that
parents, students and the wider
community have kept faith in
With all the uncertainty, you
couldn't blame anyone for think-
ing twice about where they would
send their children in 2013, but
the reality is that parents have
stuck by us.''
Ms Garden said there had been
six or seven'' new students enrol
this year and none of their parents
had been concerned about the
The school is hoping for good
news on February 18, when the
Ministry of Education makes its
final announcement on the future
of many Canterbury schools.
It would be great to remove all
the uncertainty. It's really hard to
explain to a five year old when
they ask if their school is going to
get shut down,'' Ms Garden said.
Green Park School principal
Andrea Klassen said its roll had
not suffered and was almost ident-
ical to last year.
She said the community was
still committed to the school and
was hopeful that the original
decision to close the school would
Families are still enrolling new
entrants, despite the uncertainty
-- prepared to make a change if the
school is closed.
Last week, we had a family
enrolling a new entrant for May.
They were more than happy to go
ahead and said their child could
still get two years in before the
closure, but we are hopeful it
won't come to that.''
Despite being marked for clos-
ure, Burnham School is on par
with the beginning of 2012.
Acting principal Sandra Keenan
said the school was enjoying a
very positive'' start to the school
year and had taken a business as
We know that we have done all
we can. It's now just a matter of
waiting until the announcement
and hoping for good news.''
If any of the three schools are
closed, they will operate as normal
until at least the end of this year
and possibly all of 2014.
Police are investigating how a long-
haul truck rolled on the straight on
the Main South Rd at Burnham on
Sunday morning. State Highway 1
was blocked for several hours as
emergency services worked to
clear the route. The accident
happened at 4.45am.
Senior Constable Lois Williscroft
of Rolleston police said the truck
was carting fruit from Central
Otago. The driver was not injured.
Burnham Camp crash
A man has been discharged from
Christchurch Hospital after a crash
at Burnham Military Camp on
The car crashed into a fence at the
camp, in Two Chain Rd, about
6am. Emergency services
attended. No further details were
Safety for motorcycles
Five fatal motorcycle crashes and
34 serious injury crashes in the
Selwyn district in the five years to
the end of 2011 have prompted
the second in a series of refresher
courses to equip riders with new
The courses will be held this
Saturday in the Darfield
Community Centre carpark and on
February 23, starting at the
Lincoln Event Centre.
The specialist training in
negotiating slow manoeuvres and
fast handling safely on the open
road had proven popular, council
road safety co-ordinator Ngaire
Tinning said. They are taken by
2drivesafe owner-operator Duncan
Seed, 0508 863 748.
After 13 years' helping steer the
Canterbury health system,
Hororata clinical psychologist Dr
Olive Webb is calling it a day.
Dr Webb, the longest-serving
member of the Canterbury District
Health Board, will not be seeking
re-election in November.
She stood for the role after
becoming involved in the disability
sector, and presented a rural
viewpoint on the district-wide
board, which administers a $1.43
Dr Webb said the model of health
delivery had returned to an
emphasis on the community, with
people being treated in their
homes and the implementation of
local health hubs.
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