Team behind new school announced

BRIGHT DEVELOPMENT: The team behind establishing a new school in south Lincoln. (From left): Lincoln University senior lecturer Amanda Black, Establishment Board chairwoman Suzy Petersen, Halswell Primary School teacher Louise Ponce, Busy Bumbles owner Rebecca Scott and Ladbrooks Primary School principal Penny O’Brien.

A school principal, holiday programme business owner and a senior lecturer are part of the team behind the establishment of a new school in Lincoln.

Appointed by the Ministry of Education, the establishment board has been meeting weekly since May to plan the opening of the new Lincoln school in early 2019.

Former property lawyer Suzy Petersen is chairwoman of the establishment board while Busy Bumbles owner Rebecca Scott is deputy.

Ladbrooks Primary School principal Penny O’Brien, Lincoln University senior lecturer Amanda Black, Halswell Primary School Louise Ponce also make up the board.

The school, currently known as Lincoln South Primary, will be built in two stages.

Stage one of the $14 million project will cater for 450 students with a final roll of 700 when stage two is completed.

While a site is yet to be signed off, it will be situated on the south side of the Lincoln township.

It will be a full primary school for year 1 to 8 pupils.

An official name for the school is yet to be established.

Establishment board chairwoman Suzy Petersen, said the vision of the school is yet to be finalised with further consultation with the community planned over the next few months.

The first round of consultation over the school was held in August last year.

“I am relatively new to the community and I am excited to get involved . . . hopefully my wee baby girl will go to the primary school when she is at school age,” Mrs Petersen said.