Tears as Yaldhurst school spared

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 14:25 18/02/2013
Yaldhurst School
KIRK HARGREAVES

CELEBRATE: Zivian Mrkusich, 11, is stoked Yaldhurst Model School is staying.

Yaldhurst School
KIRK HARGREAVES
JUBILANT: Deputy Principal Ann-Marie Garden is rapt with the decision.

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When Yaldhurst Model School staff were told their school was to stay open today, they celebrated so loudly their neighbours also knew the decision.

Read the school's profile here.

Deputy principal Ann-Marie Garden said the school's staff were delighted.

"When we told staff there was uproar. Anybody standing outside would have known the decision."

Parents had cried tears of relief that the gruelling five month process to save the school was finished.

"There were a lot of tears because it was that relief of being told there is no more uncertainty, tomorrow is just business as usual and we can get on with the business of educating our children."

Garden said the ministry might have been swayed by the schools persuasive submission that spoke of offering parents a good choice of schools in the city's west.

Pupils are now enjoying swimming and sports lessons, and will play softball before school closes for the day about 3pm.

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