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Selwyn view Thursday february 14 2013 PROUDLY CANTERBURY OWNED Page 1 Thursday February 14 2013 Prebbleton, Rolleston, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Southbridge, Lincoln & all of Selwyn Community Diary To submit your notice email: or post to Community Diary, P.O. Box 39176 Harewood, Christchurch 8545 DARFIELD Learn public speaking in relaxed, fun & encouraging environment, Darfield Tecorians meet alternate Mondays, all levels & abilities welcomed, contact Michael 317-9292. Schools to learn fate LEESTON Market, Saturday February 16, 9am to 12pm, 75 High Street, Leeston, beside the Ellesmere Butcher. Hot coffee, home baking, sweets & breads, fresh produce & flowers, gifts & more. Come out for the morning & see what Leeston has to offer. Contact Sarah Crozier for more info on 324-4412 or 027 330-616. Keep calm and carry on: It’s life as normal for Burnham School principal Sandra Keenan, above, and her pupils – at least until Monday when staff will find out whether their school will close or remain open. Tom Doudney BURNHAM and Greenpark schools have only four more days to wait until they learn whether they have earned a reprieve from the threat of closure. On Monday, Ministry of Education officials will meet separately with the staff of both schools to deliver their decision after both made submissions putting forward their case to remain open. Burnham School board of trustees chairwoman Jackie Freeman said last week’s announcement of a new school to be built in Rolleston did not necessarily give any indications as to Burnham’s likely future and she remained hopeful that “common sense will have prevailed”. “There are 2000-odd sections coming online in Rolleston. They actually need to be thinking about their fourth primary school and that is just for Rolleston township. Believe it or not there is room for six primary schools in the Rolleston cluster.” Burnham’s roll had grown this year to 136, above its normal average of around 120 pupils, while the rolls of nearby Rolleston, Clearview and Weedons schools also continued to expand, she said. Ms Freeman also said she understood a detailed engineering report ordered by the ministry had confirmed earlier concerns over the safety of their buildings were unfounded. However, the school was yet to receive official confirmation of this. Burnham principal Sandra Keenan said the school’s community was waiting in anticipation while remaining positive. “Until we hear otherwise there is no reason why we should believe we won’t stay open because we believe that our document that we put to the ministry was detailed and informative and really explained the reason why it’s very important that our school remains open.” Greenpark School principal Andrea Klassen was wary of the ministry’s announcement of REfREsh & RECOvER a new school to be built in Lincoln, only six kilometres away. “Our class size is not high so I guess [closing Greenpark] would be very easy if they build a new school,” she said. “I know the population of Lincoln is destined to increase by quite some bit so maybe they’re building it to accommodate the increase in residencies in future but I just thought it may be likely to influence the decision on our submission.” The school’s community was trying to remain upbeat ahead of Monday’s announcement. “Everyone is still very supportive and we’re just carrying on with our job and hoping for the best. We think we put in a very good submission, something a little bit different for the area, and we are hoping the Minister would see that as a positive. “But it’s always in the back of your mind that maybe this isn’t the direction that the Minister has decided for the future of education in this area.” Rolleston Physio no job too big or small. insurance quotes available. 43 Shelley Street h a r t s h o r n e ELLESMERE Cancer group are selling daffodil bulbs to raise funds for services in their area. King Alfreds, 12 for $40, mixed 100 $40, 50 $25 & 20 for $10, email or orders to Jenny 325-7653. SPRINGSTON Rugby Club registration day for all grades takes place at the Springston Domain on Tuesday, February 19, 5.30pm to 7pm, everybody is welcome at this family-focused club with new facilities under construction. Enquiries to Barry on 329-5011. The Community Noticeboard is for non profit groups or organisations. Items submitted must include a phone number and any associated costs and must not be more than 50 words. This is a free service from Mainland Press which reserves the right to edit submissions or to withhold items from publication if they do not fit the criteria, or due to space constraints. 100’s of fabfroricms to choose LoVeD FUrnitUre K e i t h MALVERN Community Fun Run is back on Sunday, February 24 at Darfield Domain. Events this time are 6km or 12km run, 6km walk, 6km bike or 1km obstacle course. Join in fun-filled day of activities with fantastic spot prizes & raise funds for new junior playground at Darfield Primary school. A Darfield Primary school PTA fundraising event. P. 3479 494 0 2 7 5 6 6 3 • Physio • Pilates • Acupuncture • Podiatry • Hand therapy Physio Lincoln 19 Gerald Street P. 9281 671 9 0 9 NEW LOCATION - 237 Brougham St (opp Sydenham Park) ChCh P. 371 7500 See our website for a full list of services

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