25 February 2014
Dear families and whānau,
As many of you are aware, we have removed the old trees near the front entrance of our school.
These trees had been a fixture at Ruahine School for many years and a popular play area for children. Unfortunately though, the safe-life of the trees was at an end.
The trees had become very brittle and messy with many branches breaking, and they showed evidence of rot. This fact meant they were a health and safety hazard for our children, and as such the Board of Trustees made the decision to remove the trees.
Our Board of Trustees is legally responsible to the Ministry of Education to “…identify, eliminate, isolate and/or minimise hazards that arise at the school”.
As with any new landscaping venture, time is an essential ingredient in achieving the final result. The Board of Trustees plan to replant along the fence line, and erect a wind break to support plant growth. The areas either side of the driveway will be grassed as soon as possible.
We now have an amazing view of the Ruahine Ranges – for which our school is named – and we have had many positive comments about that beautiful view.
The new planting and this outstanding view will visually enhance the entrance to our school.
David Veale (BoT Chairperson)