School is out for summer

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 12:00 19/12/2012

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School's out for summer for Palmerston North schoolchildren looking forward to a season of sun and sand.

Central Normal School was one of the last schools in Palmerston North to shut their gates for the school holidays.

More than 500 pupils at Central Normal School finished for the year at lunchtime yesterday.

Returning pupils will arrive to a new-look school next year.

Renovations of the school's leaky buildings are under way and on track to be finished before the gates reopen in 2013, principal Shona Oliver said. Children off to intermediate next year happily packed up their classrooms and took off to summer freedom.

Year six pupil Frances Allen, 11, planned to visit her grandparents in the Bay of Plenty and was looking forward to spending some time at the beach.

Kristen Beattie, 11, planned to visit the Coromandel with her family and was looking forward to making new friends at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School next year.

Elijah Brooks-Bowen, who turns 11 tomorrow, hoped for some sun on his birthday. "I think it will be nice just to get outside and play some sports with my friends," he said.

"We've had an amazing year," Mrs Oliver said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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