Catholic schools not affected by Christchurch shake-up

A spokeswoman from St James School, a Catholic integrated school in Christchurch, said she did not envisage the proposed Christchurch shake-up of schools will have an effect because the school’s buildings were owned by the Catholic diocese.

”But we’re feeling very sorry for our colleagues down the road. We’re all in close proximity and it’s going to be a very difficult time for people,” she said.

The Ministry of Education last week proposed to merge five state schools and one integrated school on to one site called the Aranui Learning Community Cluster.

The ministry said Avondale, Aranui and Wainoni primary schools would merge with Chisnallwood Intermediate and Aranui High.

It was part of a proposed $1 billion overhaul of Canterbury schools announced yesterday. See the proposal document here.

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