It was a year of milestones and growth in Mid Canterbury New Zealand schools, with many new additions, renovations and booming rolls.
The Ashburton Christian School celebrated its first year and the community gained three new preschools; Tiddlywinks opened in March, Rakaia Childcare and Preschool opened in April and the Dorie Community Preschool opened in July.
Mt Somers/Staveley Playcentre celebrated the renovations to the building in March and Mayfield Playcentre began renovations in December.
The Lauriston community got in behind its playcentre when it was revealed they would need to move from their current home at the Lauriston Hall because of new regulations coming in 2012.
Primary schools also enjoyed a year of development with several schools gaining new spaces and renovating current buildings.
Allenton School renovated its administration block, Hampstead renovated several classrooms to accommodate their new entrants, Longbeach School opened a new art centre and Our Lady of the Snows gained a new classroom.
Fairton School will have a new library up and running by the start of 2010, work has begun on a new classroom at Rakaia School, Mt Somers/Springburn School is in tendering process for its new classroom and a fifth classroom will be built at Lauriston School in the new year.
Unfortunately it wasn’t all positive news for primary schools, with a fire at Wakanui School in October, destroying the school’s main block. A decision has been made to demolish the damaged building and the process has begun for making plans to replace it.
Mount Hutt village Methven's schools are seeing steady growth each year from local & overseas' families.
A $1.4 million renovation to Ashburton College’s science block rounded out a year of changes.
Also adding to change in schools was the coming and going of several principals.
Ashburton College started the year with new principal Grant McMillan, Chris Herrick departed from Tinwald School and was replaced by Peter Livingstone from Netherby School. His replacement came in term 4 in the form of Andrew Leverton.
Even Aoraki Polytechnic experienced change at the end of the year, with the departure of campus manager Cathy Pearman. Stephanie Collins will take over her role.
Several schools also reported strong and growing rolls in the July return, with many expecting to start 2010 strongly.