Merged school 'focused on future'

A new Miramar peninsula merger school has a precious new name and look heading into the 2013 school year.

Kahurangi School, meaning prized, precious or treasured in Maori, will open in term one, merging the pupils and facilities of Miramar South School and Strathmore Community School.

The name of the 146-pupil primary school was provided by local iwi after its first attempt - Te Rotokura - failed to get the green light from the community.

Principal Kyran Smith said it was great to have a name confirmed so they could look ahead to the school's promising future.

"We're very much focused this year on moving forward."

Enrolments open next Tuesday. The combined roles of the previous two schools meant predicted pupil numbers were nearly 150.

Ministry of Education funding allowed for growth to about 200 pupils.

School would begin at the Miramar site on February 4 for term one, while construction is undertaken on the permanent Strathmore site to be ready for term two.

Additions and alterations would bring seven classrooms "into the 21st century", and a school hall would be shifted to fit more children, Ms Smith said.

The school library would also be the front face of the school, to make it more accessible for the whole community to use.

"I just see these things happening to the buildings and the classes being updated as being a long time coming for both communities. When it opens it will be like Christmas really."

Ms Smith has been assured Go Wellington bus routes through the Strathmore and Miramar suburbs would be extended to cater for pupils going to and from school.

Wellington City Council will consider in March providing time-limited, kerbside parking along Strathmore Ave during the school term.

Contact Jody O'Callaghan
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