Shirley Boys' in humorous protest
Shirley Boys' High School pupils, facing a possible merger with Christchurch Boys' High, have made a humorous plea to remain independent.
A video of the pupils singing and dancing was placed on video-sharing website Youtube yesterday. It was temporarily removed to disable comments.
It has also popped up on OurTube, a Christchurch video-sharing website.
The pupils' video is heavily influenced by the popular Gangnam Style song recently made famous by a South Korean pop singer.
The video asks Education Minister Hekia Parata not to merge Shirley Boys' High with Boys' High and pokes fun at the rival school.
Shirley Boys' High's grounds suffered significant liquefaction damage from the earthquakes, and the administration block is unusable.
The Education Ministry previously said options for the school include merging with Boys' High and operating as ''dual shift'', or merge or close.
However, speaking to Mike Yardley on Newstalk ZB today, Parata ruled out that ''completely unacceptable option''.
''I am prepared to say that that was a completely an unacceptable option and I'm not proposing to merge Christchurch Boys with Shirley Boys or Avonside Girls with Christchurch Girls,'' she said.