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Dominion English Schools Christchurch Issues Earthquake Statement


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Following the earthquake which occurred during the night of Friday 3 September 2010 in Christchurch New Zealand, Martin Wall, Principal and General Manager of Dominion English Schools, Auckland and Christchurch is pleased to announce that they are back in business and has issued the following statements.

15 September 2010 Update

Today we returned “home”. Our building had only a few broken windows but some of the surrounding buildings were not so lucky.

We are thankful that no one was hurt though one of our long serving homestays lost their home. The students have been amazingly resilient and optimistic and I want to say a big thank you to them all. We are very fortunate to have such loyal, hardworking teachers. Thank you!

Meanwhile the sun is shining, it’s Spring and there are daffodils and blossoms everywhere. Christchurch will emerge better and stronger than ever. Our classrooms are “buzzing” as we get on with what we do best – teaching English!

7 September 2010 Update

We have heard from people who have been into the building that it seems to have weathered the earthquake well. However, the problems for us are:

1. we haven’t received a report from structural engineers. They were supposed to inspect the building this afternoon, but we have not had any reports. We can’t do anything until the building has received a clear report. The building was strengthened two years ago, so we believe it is fine.
2. the glass in the broken windows will not be fixed until tomorrow.
3. our building is in an area and a street that is closed to public access

We are hoping we may be able to get back into the school and open on Thursday, but we can’t be certain at this stage. I have spent some time today looking for alternative premises so that we can open anyway on Thursday. I have not been able to find premises yet, but will continue to look.

I am reasonably certain that we will be able to open the Dominion premises next Monday at the latest. I regret that I can’t be more positive and ask again for your patience at this time.

More updates to follow.

6 September 2010

Dear Partners

You may have heard about the powerful and destructive earthquake in Christchurch last Saturday. The good news is that there have been no deaths reported. However, there has been significant damage.

The school will be closed until at least Wednesday. The centre of the city has been closed off while teams of engineers inspect all buildings carefully. The prime concern is, of course for safety.

I can report the following:

1. All staff and students are well.
2. The students that arrived over the weekend were met and housed as arranged.
3. Our Christchurch Principal, Margaret Jillings, is coordinating very ably.
4. Our premises at 116 Worcester St don’t seem from the outside to have been damaged apart from broken windows, but we are waiting for the results of the inspection by engineers.

As soon as we have further news, I will contact you all again. Meanwhile, thanks you for your patience at this time. I would appreciate it if you could contact me with any queries. I will be coordinating responses.

Best regards

Martin Wall
Principal/General Manager
Dominion English Schools, Auckland and Christchurch

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