The future looks 'incredibly exciting' for the Windsor school community.
Principal of six years, Neill O'Reilly, described the school as one "where there is a strong emphasis on having fun, learning, taking risks, and interacting with the environment".
He encouraged children to climb trees and get involved, and would bring those attitudes to the merged school, Waitakiri School, which he would also be principal of.
Despite the challenges the community had faced through the merger, there was a real focus on the future and a "never say die attitude".
Waitakiri School had a predicted roll of up to 850 pupils and very few staff from either Burwood or Windsor had been lost in the merger process.
The school would operate from split locations.
Windsor would be the "Wetland Campus" for Year 1 to 3 pupils, while Burwood would be the "River Campus" for Year 4 to 6 pupils.
He had already bought about 80 scooters for pupils and teachers to scoot the 1.3 kilometres between the dual sites, as well as a "cruisy bike for me".
"The future is incredibly exciting. These are two communities who are ready to work with the school in partnership to make a really fantastic learning environment for the children."
The new school would open to pupils on February 5.
"We're determined to show that it can be successful because we owe it to our kids to do that."
The school would join together on the old Windsor site from 2016.
There was a positive feeling of anticipation rather than sadness at the end of an era, he said.
"It has been celebrating what has been."
"It has been a lot more positive than I thought it would be."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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