Rodney Times : December 16th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Thursday, December 16, 2010 Brent & LaVerne Rush owner/operators of McDonalds Orewa and Whangaparaoa wish everyone a very merry Christmas i'm lovin' it® Full house at school By MICHELE ONG In-zone only: Whangaparaoa Primary School is among Rodney- Hibiscus Coast schools experiencing a surge in student numbers. It's now so full only in-zone students are being accepted. Newcomers: Red Beach School's roll is the biggest ever. Pictured are the school's new entrants with their teacher Adeline Pretorius. BOOMING student numbers are straining school resources around the Rodney-Hibiscus Coast area. Although most primary schools finish next week, planning for roll growth next year is already in hand. For some schools that could mean limiting student in- take, providing more class- rooms and other facilities, or taking on more staff. Red Beach School's roll of just over 700 students is the biggest ever'', principal Lesley Tait says. With such a big roll the school has become very tight and is able to only accept a small number of students a year,'' Ms Tait says. And it's not just a case of more five-year-olds. We've a turnover of all ages. We're constructing a new staffroom to replace one which was built when we only had about 500 students.'' Ongoing development is having quite an impact'' on Silverdale's roll, principal Viv Collins says. We've completed four new classrooms this year, and we've already filled two,'' she says. Silverdale School had more than 130 pupils when it moved to its new site four years ago. Since then the roll has grown to over 280. We'll have to expand the school again depending on the intake,'' Ms Collins says. Stella Maris School, also in Silverdale, expects its roll to reach maximum capacity next year. There's an increase in students across the board,'' principal Christine Smith says. For new entrants, we've about 80 students enrolled for 2011. In other years it's been slightly less but there's still quite a lot of students.'' The school already has a waiting list for its 2015 intake. A relocatable class- room will be moved in during the holidays until a block of four is built to accommodate the growing population. A new library is also planned. Whangaparaoa Primary School's roll of 730 pupils is believed to be the largest since 1997, principal Steve Collins says. Mr Collins says the school has a huge number of new entrants, a significant num- ber from the United King- dom. The school hopes to keep its roll to about 700 chil- dren, and is so full it can only accept children living in the zone. Stanmore Bay has two extra classes for new entrants next year, with about 15 students per class. The increase in new entrants has been fairly stable, which is quite good,'' principal Carol Abley says. Wellsford School averages around 40 new entrants annually, but expects to enrol 60 during the next year. We've received funding for half of an additional teacher, but our board of trustees decided to fund the other half of the teacher's salary just so we can have the extra class all year,'' principal Dave Bradley says. He says an extra teacher is usually hired around August for children who start mid- year, but the school has enough children and enough money in the bank'' for another class. If the trend continues, we'll have to look at building more classrooms,'' he says. Leigh School's year 0 and 1 roll increased from eight students to 14 this year, which is great news'' for the school, principal Gillian Irons says. Waimauku School's roll has been pretty stable'' with no dramatic increases, principal Gary Pasfield says. The school has little room left for expansion and will start its new year with 60 new entrants. The Education Ministry had plans for a new school near Muriwai but no more has been heard of the pro- posal.
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