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Six new schools planned for Canterbury

GLENN CONWAY
Last updated 15:42 08/02/2013
Waikuku School
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Waikuku School principal Roger Hornblow, board chairman Nigel Sharplin, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson discuss the announcement of a new Pegasus school.

Pegasus township
PEGASUS: The new town is popular with families but currently has no school.

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Construction of a school in Pegasus will start in April, Education Minister Hekia Parata has confirmed.

She also revealed that earthquake-damaged Halswell Primary School will be completely rebuilt on its site, with work there also starting in two months.

Both projects should be finished early next year.

Parata said there were plans to build four schools in Canterbury over the next 10 years.

These schools were planned for Rolleston, Lincoln, Rangiora West and West Halswell.

Waikuku School in the fast-growing Pegasus area will cost about $15 million to build and will cater for up to 600 children.

The rebuild of Halswell Primary School, which has about 560 children, will cost about $18m.

Parata visited both sites today.

She will return on Monday, February 18, when she will announce the decisions on a controversial plan to merge and close some city schools.

Parata said Waikuku School and Halswell Primary School would showcase the kind of modern learning facilities that school communities and parents could look forward to for their children in Greater Christchurch.

"This includes new facilities with flexible spaces, access to ultra-fast broadband and energy-efficient buildings, with plenty of natural light and fresh air,'' she said.

"These schools are designed to reflect the advice of education experts to ensure that students can be taught using the latest techniques and technology.

"We want to provide greater Christchurch with one of the best, most modern schooling networks in the country which will serve communities for many years to come and ensure each and every child gets a great education.''

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