Peter O’Connor, Associate professor at Auckland University’s Faculty of Education, says schools have been a key part in holding together small communities since the earthquakes, and their closure is likely to have a negative impact on those communities. Principals, teachers, parents and other education experts agree.
Ouruhia Model School principal Mark Ashmore-Smith says they plan to fight the decision to close their small school.
Emma Goodin says the school has been a place of normality and stability for her three children since losing their home in the quake. “I can’t believe for all that, for all I’ve been through in the last two years, they would pick a moment like this just to kick me when I thought that I was as down as I could go,” she says. (source)
Cantabrians are not going to give in without a fight, though. Already there are protests, petitions, support pages on social media all up and running, and there are a number of rallies planned. A protest has been organised is being held on Wednesday at 5.30pm at the Bridge of Remembrance.
I will keep you abreast of events as the unfurl, and please do let me know of any events, petitions etc that I have missed.
Kia Kaha, Christchurch.
Now, go lend your support to Christchurch and those schools fighting back – every word of support means a lot:
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