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Long wait for safer path
By LAURA WALTERS
Nga Tawa Diocesan School is
waiting on the Rangitikei District
Council for word on whether it
will be possible to build a pathway
for students to walk between the
school and town.
School property manager Paul
Geurtjens said the proposal was
put to the council about a year
The students walked the two
kilometres between school and the
Marton township regularly, and
the lack of a safe pathway, away
from traffic, had raised concern
for the students' health and
safety, he said.
The student council raised the
issues from a health and safety
perspective about a year ago.''
Mr Geurtjens said he had put
the proposal to the council and
they said it was likely to go into
the Long Term Plan. However, he
had not heard back from the coun-
cil as to what stage the proposal
was at or whether it was likely the
school could move forward with
Calico Line, where the school is
situated, was also used as a heavy
traffic bypass, he said.
Although the speed limit had
been dropped to 80kmh along the
stretch of road outside the school
it was still dangerous for
There had been a few vehicle
accidents along the road and hope-
fully a walkway would keep
students away from the heavy
Mr Geurtjens said a metalled
walkway had been put in some
years ago. However, it was not
A lot of girls walk into town
Ideally, a walkway would be
built on the Nga Tawa side of the
road, and it would be paved, he
At the end of the day, with the
amount of people Nga Tawa
employs, it was sensible to priorit-
ise the students' safety.''
Rangitikei District Council chief
executive Clare Hadley said the
proposal of a pathway between
Nga Tawa School and town had
not yet come before the council.
Mrs Hadley said the logistics of
the project were being examined
by the roading team before it came
before the council. It was likely
the project would come into the
Long Term Plan, she said.
The NZ Transport Agency
would also play a large part in the
consultations and the future of the
proposed pathway, she said.
Huntley School, less than 2km
west of Marton, had a walkway
built, similar to the one proposed
by Nga Tawa, between the school
The pathway built between
Huntley and town was built after
it was identified a path would be
beneficial to students and the
Mrs Hadley said NZTA had
taken over the planning, and had
been the major financier of the
Successful year at
Farewell: Hunterville School's year 8 students celebrate their time at the school with
a formal leavers' dinner.
Photo: JODIE MUNN
By LAURA WALTERS
Hunterville School had a successful
year with five students winning
scholarships to high schools in the
Two year 8 students received
scholarship awards for Wanganui
Girls' College, two received scholar-
ships to Rangitikei College, and one to
Feilding High School.
Hunterville School principal
Stephen Lewis said there was a small
group of high achieving year 8
The students who won scholarships
to Wanganui Girls' College were
Amber Deadman and Shannon Te
Abby Stratton received a scholarship
to Feilding High School.
And Ellen Carlyon and Nicholas
Goodwin received scholarships to local
The school held its prizegiving last
Thursday where the Forest Award, the
school's top award, was presented and
the head boy and girl for 2012 were
Charlotte Nimmo took out the Forest
award -- the equivalent of dux.
Mr Lewis said the award was pres-
ented to the best all-round student,
who excels academically, and contri-
butes to all aspects of school life.
Mitchell Smith was named as head
boy, and Anna Lambert as head girl. A
strong group contested the spots.
The school had a group of talented
students moving into year 8 next year,
Mr Lewis said.
Hunterville School parent Jodie
Munn said the school did well in
preparing the year 8 students for
Special credit needed to go to the
school's year 8 teacher Colleen Dalley,
Mrs Munn's daughter Ally had gone
right through Hunterville School, and
it had given her all the tools to prepare
her for high school.
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