Mayor opens Lauriston sports surface

The wait is finally over for Lauriston School after their all weather sporting surface was officially opened by Mayor Angus McKay at the School on Friday. The school aimed to coincide the opening of the all weather surface with culmination day to celebrate the success of the pupils over the term, which was attended by … Continued

The boys put in big effort for ball

It is nights like Friday night when the lads usually take a backseat, but at this year’s Ashburton College ball it is the males who appear to be making all the moves. No more so than the college’s 1st XV boys, who have gone to the effort to organise a Pearsons Coachlines bus to pick … Continued

Board’s decision shocks companies

Both parties affected by a contract change-over to take disabled pupils to Ashburton College are shocked the school’s board wants the decision reversed. This week Ashburton College’s Board of Trustees wrote to the Ministry of Education on behalf of concerned parents, asking it to reconsider its decision to sign a contract over to Ritchies Bus … Continued

Local pupils spell their way to victory

Ashburton Intermediate and Ashburton Borough School made it a great night out for the town with titles in both age groups at the Otago Daily Times EXTRA spelling quiz in Timaru on Wednesday. Both schools recorded remarkably high scores in their sections, with Ashburton Intermediate scoring 98 out of a possible 100 and Ashburton Borough … Continued

Plea to reverse disabled bus contract

Ashburton College is asking the Ministry of Education to reverse the contract it gave to a bus company to transport disabled pupils to school. Board of trustees chairman David Rush told the Guardian the board had written to the ministry on behalf of several concerned parents, asking them to reconsider the contract it handed to … Continued

New equipment for Borough School

Maddie Love, 13, Caitlin Moore, 12, Steph Ching (ANZ), Maddy Bremner, 12, and Tessa Inwood, 12, practise shooting for goal with the new equipment they won at Ashburton Borough School on Friday. The school was the only one from Mid Canterbury, but one of many from throughout the country, to receive a grant from ANZ, … Continued

Revamp for College website

The Ashburton College website is being overhauled, in a bid to make it “a one-stop shop” for parents and pupils. It is unknown when the new-look website will be up and running, but deputy principal Helen Shore-Taylor has been watching over the project set to bring a raft of new features. On top of what … Continued

School buildings assessed

Building consultants have been checking the condition of Mid Canterbury school buildings. The Ministry of Education has commissioned the 10 year condition assessments on school buildings in the greater Canterbury region so it can plan its future spending. Most school buildings are owned by the Crown while some are owned by the schools, and the … Continued

Students’ hard work rewarded

Twelve Ashburton College pupils were rewarded with colours awards for their national achievements at an awards ceremony last week. Ashburton College head of sport Trevor Cochrane said he was delighted to see so many pupils recognised for their achievements. “This is the greatest number of pupils at any one time and there is still half … Continued

Students battle nerves at comp

Despite last-minute nerves and tough competition, two students from Ashburton College got up to speak at the Manu Korero Maori language speech competition in Christchurch on Saturday. Fourteen-year-olds Jayanna Paratene and Chantal Culshaw gave their speeches to an audience of over 300 people, and were up against students from 19 different schools in Canterbury. Head … Continued