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Major victory for Redcliffs Community

The announcement today by the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, that Redcliffs School will be returning to Redcliffs, will be greeted with delight by the community, says Ruth Dyson Member of Parliament for Port Hills.

“The proposed closure of the school was devastating news for this tight knit and strong community, and the opposition to the closure has been well rewarded by this announcement.

“The community has been dignified and clear in our message to the Minister – we want our school back in Redcliffs. Now this will happen.

“The school has been off site since June 2011, most recently located at Van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Sumner. The Minister had earlier proposed to close the school completely, but after significant community response opposing the closure, announced in July that the closure was now put to one side.

“Alternative sites were to be investigated as well as the psycho-social impact of the school’s location.

“Although the Board and the community has always preferred that the school return to its home Main Road site, the real question was about having a school in Redcliffs and this victory has now been achieved. The Redcliffs community will be champing at the bit to engage in designing the new school.

“The school and wider community will be delighted that the wait is finally over and they can start planning to move home,” says Ruth Dyson.