"Please save our school" was the plea from Christchurch school pupils who sent letters to Prime Minister John Key and Cabinet ministers.
Yaldhurst Model School pupils wrote letters to Key, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Selwyn National MP Amy Adams begging for their school to be saved.
Under the Government's schools shake-up, it is proposed Yaldhurst Model School will merge with Gilberthorpe School in Hei Hei.
Year 6 pupil Dominick Budd was "angry and confused" about the proposal. "Gilberthorpe School is an urban school and Yaldhurst is a rural school, so there would be two very different communities merging together," he wrote.
Year 7 pupil Carlee November said: "I am very concerned because my family live very close to Yaldhurst Model School and they will have to go to a lot of trouble to take me to Gilberthorpe School."
Year 7 pupil Rosa McGrath: "We have a great school identity and we don't want to lose it. We are more than just a school, we are a community."
MacKenzie Allen, a year 7 pupil, said she was "feeling sad" about the proposed merger.
"If the school was dying then yes, I would move, but our school is still going strong," she said.
Caius Faatili was concerned for the "5-year-olds that only just got used to going to school".
Teacher Terry Mitchell said his pupils arrived at school with "major concerns" after the announcement last week. He said children voted on what action they should take and decided to write letters.
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