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Tuesday June 13 2017




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PLANS: The site plan developed by the Ministry of Works for the proposed new secondary school in the 1970s. The school would have been accessed from Tuckers Rd and by a right of way from Sturrocks Rd. ​

School that never was Chairman of the Papanui Heritage Group Murray Williams writes about the Government’s doomed plan to build ‘Redwood High School’ AS EARLY as 1960 it was accepted by both the Papanui High School Board of Governors and the Department of Education that the rapid increase in the population of the city’s north-west would require the construction of another secondary school in the area.    The site chosen was a 7.7ha block at the western end of Tuckers Rd, approximately 2km from Papanui High School. Most of the land had been “taken by proclamation,” meaning it was acquired under the Public Works Act, which gave the Government the right of compulsory purchase if the land was required for reasons of public interest. The completion of Kaiapoi High School in 1972 might have been expected to reduce some pressure on the Papanui roll, but the board remained adamant that the Tuckers Rd site should be developed as soon as possible. A pressure point at Papanui High School was the lack of quality accommodation. The departmental reaction had been to increase the supply of temporary buildings, thus creating a prefab alley of dingy classrooms. The board considered the possibility of creating a side school at the new site, one that should be administered from Papanui High School. The possibility of creating two single sex schools was also


advanced, although neither option was found to be favourable. The local newspaper took up the cause of an extra school and demanded “urgent action now.” In May 1976, the Department of Education decided to build a new co-educational high school on Tuckers Rd (tentatively named Redwood High School). It was scheduled to open in 1980, initially with a form 3 intake of 200. The design of the school would be the same as the S68 model used at Kaiapoi. However, by 1977, the issue suddenly appeared less urgent. It was noted that the Papanui roll had stabilised and the Burnside High School roll was falling. In April 1979, the education minister decided that the new school would not be built. In retrospect, it can be seen that the department’s planners had been blindsided by the decrease in the national birth rate, which had fallen by 18 per cent over the period from 1964 to 1974. The boom years of the demand for new schools had come to a halt. Most of the land that had been earmarked for the “school that never was” is now owned by the Exclusive Brethren church. •Reference: Archives NZ, CAAA, CH45

Lindisfarne Nursery School was established in 1987 by Tricia Cuthbert and remains part of the Cuthbert family today. We have a large open villa which offers pre-schoolers a great space for lots of fun activities, and a nursery building where the babies and toddlers can develop and explore at their own pace. Our registered teachers provide a programme of wonderful activities based on the national curriculum, Te Whariki, which encourages a love of learning, and you will receive regular updates about how your child is developing. The pre-school villa offers the children a large open space with family and role-play areas, areas for construction and art, a library full of wonderful books and puzzles, and a "classroom" area where the pre-schoolers love to 'play schools'. The nursery house provides the babies and toddlers with the environment and resources to develop their skills in the precious first two years. Your child will have a portfolio which will reflect their interests, as well as show their learning and individuality. Morning and afternoon tea and a cooked lunch are provided, and we are open all year. Please call in at your convenience.

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are safe and enjoying the benefits of a quality after school programme. Some parents and caregivers also enjoy government subsidies for CASPA. CASPA is Child Youth and Family approved for the OSCAR Subsidy and in some circumstances, the full CASPA fee will be covered by the subsidy. For more information or to enrol, call Caroline, Rachel or Tania on 349 9260 or visit

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CASPA (Creative After School Programmed Activities) incorporating PAPA JACKS, offers children the opportunity to be creative, make new friends and try new experiences all within a safe, nurturing environment. CASPA offers working parents an affordable after school and school holiday programme that their kids just love! CASPA attributes its success to the variety of activities on offer as well as the convenience and affordability for parents. CASPA kids enjoy an exciting range of activities including sports, music, games, drama, arts and craft as well as fun trips. Previous themes and activities have included a Karaoke Dance Party, CASPA Fear Factor, Healthy Art, Out of Africa and hundreds of other amazing themes/activities! CASPA parents enjoy peace of mind, knowing their kids

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