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February 8, 2013

New Beginnings




At the beginning of this week my youngest child became a fully-fledged secondary school student at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti. For the school, now entirely sited at the College of Education campus at Canterbury University, this is a beginning or at least a moving forward, as the whole school regroups on one site - the Wairarapa Campus - until the Wairarapa Stream leads us metaphorically to the Avon River and back into the central city.


It seemed ironical on Monday morning to be back in a demolition zone even though the school had moved well away from the city centre after the February 2011 earthquake. The building behind Kitty is part of the old Teacher's College and deemed unsafe, it will make way for a grassed area for the school student's use. 

The week ends with the incredible lightness of being of having my earthquake repairs and re-decorating completed. After two years, I can begin to reclaim our personal space! If my January photo upload problem hadn't returned, since I set the photo of Kitty up, I would post another progress photo... 


17 comments:

John Gray said...

I love your local place names
They have such a lilt compared to our harsh welsh versions

Gill said...

Enjoy your high school days Miss Kitty. All my very best wishes. Gill

rusty duck said...

Go for it Kitty.
Look forward to seeing the house in all its glory!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Congratulations on your move forward in your Life, Kitty. I hope it will all be a wonderful adventure for you.

Susan Heather said...

Great to get your house finished - look forward to the photos.

Joanne Noragon said...

A great new school year, Kitty. new beginnings are scary fun, aren't they.

Cro Magnon said...

'Unlimited'? What a strange name for a school. I used to like the old Russian names, like 'School No 34'; they were so romantic sounding.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

John Gray: I have trouble over the repeat syllables with an 'r' in them. I could easlily splutter Waiwawawapa.
Afon - that it is a very soft sounding word to me ;-)

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Gill: Thanks so much. I'm sure you haven't seen the back of Kitty!

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

rusty duck: Thanks Rusty, I still haven't got rid of the pulpy mdf kitchen unit...

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Cindy@NW: Thanks so much Cindy. Kitty is certainly open to Life's adventures - at the age of five, she wanted to be a vulcanologist!

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Susan Heather: I feel so light knowing this process is over - I'm not even going to think about the EQC wanting to level the house on its piles.

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Joanne Noragon: Thanks Joanne. New beginnings are scarey even when you are grown-up aren't they.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Cro Magnon: How about the translation of Paenga Tawhiti? Unlimited's by-line, Boundless Horizons. I suspect School No 34 had quite a few limits!

PS I'm still unable to leave comments on fellow blogs. So frustrating to write a fine tuned little piece of prose and watch it disappear from the screen forever as I press the preview button.

MrsC (Maryanne) said...

Oh, my stepkids go there, it's awesome how the school community has hung together through everything, and great that they finally have a bit of breathing space!

libby said...

Both of you stepping into the future...how exciting. Looking forward to the photos.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Maryanne: It is a pretty remarkable community to be part of. Will have to winkle out your step children.

Libby: Life feels all up right now - except for blog photos... and not being able to comment. Grrr.