Rodney Times : December 18th 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 Our office closes Friday 21st December 2012 and reopens Monday 7th January 2013 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Schools in demand By MICHELE ONG Growing numbers: Silverdale School is among Hibiscus Coast-Rodney schools seeing an increase in student numbers. Pictured are some of its five-year-olds. Silverdale expects to start next year with 49 new entrants. SCHOOLS pressured by growing demand are tighten- ing enrolment procedures to keep numbers under control. Among them is Whanga- paraoa Primary School where families must present proof of address before enrol- ling children. It s a bid to ease pressure on a roll that stands at 764 students. The school is expecting 88 new entrants early next year and will fin- ish 2013 with 173 five-year- olds. For the past two to three years we ve been unable to accept out-of-zone children, principal Steve Collins says. Families must also have a reasonable expectation of continuing to live in the school zone as well. Construction of four new classrooms, plus an adminis- tration block rebuild, is plan- ned for March. Silverdale School gets eight new classrooms and a new toilet block next year. The $2 million project is expected to be completed before term four. It will allow Silverdale to accept up to 550 students by 2014. The school has 49 new entrants enrolled for term one and finding space to fit everyone can be a challenge, principal Viv Collins says. But thankfully we have been given four relocatable classrooms to use until the new ones are completed. Wellsford School hopes to have its school hall expanded to better accommodate staff, pupils and their families for events. It has 330 pupils and is expecting 55 new entrants throughout the year. When we start a school year with 300 pupils, we can fit them with parents in our hall, Mr Bradley says. But by the end of the year, with 350 kids, we can t fit any parents at all. So we often have to use Rodney College s hall or the Wellsford com- munity one. Hall renovation will cost the school $100,000 because it won t be funded by the Ministry of Education. While building grants are available through the minis- try for new classrooms, and in special circumstances also available for new halls, they prioritise learning environ- ments ahead of halls, Mr Bradley says. So we ll have to adjust the dream and build within the funding limits and rules of the minis- try, he says. Mahurangi College opens its $4.9m double storey block incorporating a new school office, student centre and 14 classrooms early next year. Student growth is spread across all levels, and the roll is 1267 domestic students compared with 1106 in 2008, principal David Macleod says. Kaipara College has a new social sciences faculty of five new classrooms and an office ready for use next term. It marks the last stage of the school s four-part redevelop- ment programme that star- ted with a new gymnasium in 2008 and a new science block in 2010. A $4.2m stage three hall, drama and music practice suites, a new block encom- passing student services, a career centre, an inter- national student classroom, five English classrooms and two for computers plus a staffroom were opened by Prime Minister and Helen- sville MP John Key in Febru- ary. Orewa College has strong roll growth too. It started the year with more than 1900 domestic students. Between 50 and 100 out- of-zone applications are received annually for years 7 to 9, with a smaller number at other year levels, princi- pal Kate Shevland says. We have 470 out-of-zone students from year 7 to 13, she says. Most have been at the school since year 7 as our main intake is at year 7. We re managing our growth by taking fewer out- of-zone students each year, and we envisage that eventually we ll not take any, Ms Shevland says. Orewa accepted 81 year 7s out-of-zone in 2011, 49 in 2012, 38 in 2013, and expects to take in just 20 in 2014. Many schools finish for the year this week. OTHER ENROLMENTS AND PROJECTS Dairy Flat School starts next year with 10 new classrooms and 50 new entrants expected. About 20 new enrolments are forecast by the end of term one, with more students arriving throughout the year. ''It's difficult to predict as parents often pre-enrol their children at the beginning or even during the year they are to start,'' principal Debbie Marshall says. KingsWay School begins construction of its new primary school next month on Bonair Cres, the same site as its newly opened Silverdale preschool. ''It will replace the current primary school on Jelas Rd, which has reached capacity,'' trust chairman John Bolam says. ''The school will initially cater for about 400 children, and we also have a 500-seat auditorium planned.'' Student numbers have almost doubled at Ahuroa School. It opened with 51 students in 2011, and is expecting 100 by the end of 2013. ''We're currently on 90, and when we touch 100 we'll have a party,'' principal Melinda Bennett says. ''We're also expecting completion of a new classroom in term two. We had one built this year too.'' Orewa North School expects greater numbers during the next few years, principal Bruce Laws says. ''We'll be working with the ministry to ensure additional classes are in place once the full impact of development at Hatfields Beach kicks in during the next three to five years,'' he says. Waimauku School gets 60 new entrants next year, principal Gary Pasfield says. ''We'll start with four classes and end with six,'' he says. ''No extra classrooms or buildings are planned for next year. ''We've enough room to accommodate all our students.''
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