This afternoon the Lake Tekapo Bright Stars Early Childhood Learning Centre was officially opened by the pre-schoolers who will use it. The former Guild Hall building has been upgraded and re-purposed as an education centre which meets MOE standards and will house Kindergarten and Playcentre activities. Penny Wilson, chair of the Bright Stars Community Trust, thanked her fellow trustees, the local community, funders and the local Cooperating Parish who provided the land and old building on long-term lease which allowed the hall to be used for this purpose. Thanks to the vision and fund-raising drive of the local community the facility is now open for business.
he land at 4-5 Aorangi Crescent was gifted to the Presbyterian Church by the Scott Family for the benefit of the Tekapo Community. The legal owner of the property is the Presbyterian Church Property Trustees who now hold this land in trust for the Mackenzie Co-operating Parish. Approval has been granted by The Mackenzie Cooperating Parish, Alpine Presbytery and Presbyterian Church Property Trustees for the front half of this land to be developed for the purposes of Early Childhood Education in Lake Tekapo. A long-term lease agreement is being finalised between the Parish and the Bright Stars Trust.
South Canterbury Free Kindergartens Association general manager Dave Hawkey (second right) said the kindergarten would be a “fantastic facility” for the growing township.
Trustee: Anna Roseingrave
Lake Tekapo Primary School principal, Simon WAymouth, on the barbeque.
Penny Wilson addresses the gathering
Trustees: Andrew Macdonald, Anna Roseingrave, Lyn Martin, Matt Murphy, Penny Wilson and Vic Howes.
Rev Andrew McDonald of the Mackenzie Cooperating Parish blesses the Lake Tekapo Bright Stars ELC