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Principal's Desk

Stuart Cameron —

Tēnā koutou katoa. Tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou

You may be aware that NZTA is currently seeking feedback from the public regarding a permanent solution to the Larsens Road and Halswell Road intersection. The proposal is to install an electronic sign at this intersection that would prevent right turns out of Larsens Road while the school road patrol is operating. The new sign would work in conjunction with a pedestrian refuge island on Halswell Road and a splitter island at the Larsens Road entrance. An information brochure was dropped into community letterboxes last week. We have some spare brochures at the office if you didn't receive one and would like to find out more.

NZTA is seeking feedback on the proposal through until Monday 16 September. If you would like to provide some feedback on the changes please email larsensroad@nzta.govt.nz or phone 039642800.

From the school's perspective, the safety of our children is paramount and we hope that any permanent solutions ensure that this continues. A critical component in this will be all drivers adhering to the no-right-turn road rule. If the proposal becomes permanent, non-compliance will result in traffic fines. 

Speaking of road rules, we have been approached recently by neighbours who are concerned that some parents are parking across their driveways particularly around pick-up and drop-off times. This is understandably very frustrating for them and is actually illegal. Please respect our neighbours' rights around this. 

Lastly, in transport-related news, congratulations to James D from T33 who won a $50 voucher from Chain Reaction as part of today's Walk and Wheel Wednesday promotion. This initiative will take place twice a term for the foreseeable future and is designed to help reduce traffic congestion around the school and increase exercise for our students. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported the upcoming PTA Quiz night by contributing an item to the gift baskets, selling raffle tickets and/or entering a team. A reminder that all raffles books (sold and unsold) need to be returned to the office no later than this Friday (23 August) please.  

Finally, I would like to acknowledge all of the hard work that our fabulous PTA has put into organising this event. We have a total of 30 teams taking part on the night.  I'm sure it's going to be a fantastic evening. I look forward to seeing you there!


Ngā mihi nui

Stuart Cameron