Manukau Courier : December 3rd 2010
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Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By JESSIE COLQUHOUN STUDENTS who won an award for designing a safer school playground are still waiting for it. The carpark at Pacific Christian School in Mangere Bridge also doubles as the children s play- ground. The independent private school has a roll of 114 children up to year 8 and is owned by Tokaikolo Christian Church. It has shared the Coronation Rd site with the church for six years. During school hours this is basi- cally where they play, principal Lisita Paonga says, pointing to the large concrete area. Games of rugby and soccer are played just like at any other school and there have been only minor problems of kids getting hurt. Orange road cones are the only barrier to the pick-up and drop-off area and to demonstrate where visitors cannot enter. The school s year 7 and 8 students were so worried about their safety the issue became the focus for their entry into the Transpower Neigh- bourhood Engineers Awards -- for which they won a merit award. Working with local engineers, the children investigated feasible safety options for the carpark. Their final solution includes a stop bar, a speed bump and warning signs. But there s no guarantee any of the changes will be implemented. Ms Paonga says the church owners -- the stakeholders -- have to be involved in any decision but they might consider some suggestions. The school s board of trustees are very aware of what s going on. It s just a matter of getting the funds. The church is also considering transforming a small grass bank into a play area. Ms Paonga says parents used to drive right into the school grounds and the children s play area. We have more understanding from parents now but before they would drive in and pick up or drop off. It was pretty unsafe. When the church has an event on a school day, visitors use the carpark and sometimes the area reserved for the playground. Outsiders don t know the policy, Ms Paonga says. They just come and drive through the cones. We have some difficulty trying to keep vehicles out when this place is hired out. Education Ministry spokesman Jeremy Wood says private schools have flexibility around the use of their property and there are no specific guidelines for play areas. There are guidelines on access, emergency lighting, health requirements, fire safety, fire- fighting equipment and safety of site and buildings. The Education Review Office monitors the general suitability of school premises. But it made no mention of the carpark playground in the school s two most recent reports and in 2009 it said the school s grounds were attractive and well-maintained . In 2006 it noted the school s gym and adjoining Mangere Mountain as recreation areas. Hot rods rev up festivities Hotting up: Southside Streets car club member Chris Walton's 1934 Ford pickup will be at the Botany Junction hot rod show and Christmas street party. He is pictured with neighbour Steve Keys' 1940 Ford Deluxe. Photos: SHANE WENZLICK Hot rods will rev up festivities at a charity Christmas party this week- end. About 35 Southside Streets car enthusiasts will display their pride and joy at Botany Junction on Sunday, kicking off a day of enter- tainment for a good cause. It s a community spirit thing, club member Steve Keys says. Money raised will go towards funding Young Life youth workers in local secondary schools. Young Life has worked with schools since 1999. It s awesome to see the com- munity coming together to celebrate a special occasion and support a great cause, youth worker Matt Chamberlin says. We are really encouraged by the way local businesses and the com- munity have rallied to support our teenagers. Sunday s party will kick off at 9am outside Celsius Bar with the line-up of pre-1972 American hot rods, classic and muscle cars. From 11am to 2pm there will be entertainment including an appear- ance from Santa, skateboard and taekwondo demonstrations, face- painting, an inflatable obstacle course, student performers, Korean drummers, a DJ and games. Christmas trees will be on sale for $40 on site in the first two weeks of December. They can also be ordered at www.younglife.org.nz.
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