Glenelg school to close in January

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 12:39 07/10/2011
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CLOSING: The Glenelg Health Camp School has been told this morning it is to close down. Five staff, including principal Lesley Murray, pictured, will lose their jobs.

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Christchurch's Glenelg Health Camp School has been told this morning it is to close down.

In a letter to the Glenelg Health Camp School board of trustees chairman, David Buist, Education Minister Anne Tolley has told the school it will shut on January 27 next year.

''I am aware it is not an easy matter for a board to be involved in the closure of its school. You may be assured there will be continuing provision for quality education for students while they are resident at the health camp,'' Tolley said in the letter.

About 20 primary and intermediate pupils with social or behavioural problems attend the Glenelg Health Camp and School in Hillsborough for about five weeks at a time.

Tolley said the Ministry of Education would develop a contract with Te Puna Whaiora Children's Health Camps, which runs Glenelg camp, to manage the children's education.

Registered teachers would be employed to teach, and the Education Review Office would regularly review and report on the education delivered at the camp.

Glenelg Health Camp School principal Lesley Murray said five staff, including three teachers, would lose their jobs, including herself. She has worked there for 20 years.

''The closure has floated under the radar with the Christchurch earthquakes, but in the year we would have 200 pupils through our school.''

The Christchurch school and four other health camp schools throughout New Zealand have been under the threat of closure for most of the year.

The other health camp schools under review are in Whangarei, Auckland, Otaki and Roxburgh.

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