Choice lost – Par­ents’ fears win

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ROSE CAW­LEY

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has stepped in to quell the school en­rol­ment zone bat­tle for the streets of Green­lane and Remuera.

One Tree Hill Col­lege was ad­vised by the min­istry to put an en­rol­ment scheme in place due to rapid roll growth thanks to a turn around in achieve­ment re­sults.

But the pro­posed home zone of the decile 3 col­lege over­lapped with Ep­som Girls’ Gram­mar School and Auck­land Gram­mar School.

Sel­wyn Col­lege in Ko­hi­marama is also con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity about a pro­posed zone which over­laps with the same two schools.

On Wed­nes­day the Min­istry moved to amend the pro­posed school en­rol­ment ar­eas so the bound­aries no longer over­lap with the en­rol­ment zones of Auck­land Gram­mar and Ep­som Girls’.

‘‘The orig­i­nal pro­posal in­cluded an over­lap so that par­ents would have a choice of ei­ther a sin­gle sex or co-ed­u­ca­tional school. How­ever there has been con­sid­er­able feed­back from those fam­i­lies that they do not want that op­tion,’’ head of sec­tor en­able­ment and sup­port Ka­t­rina Casey says.

‘‘The strength of the feed­back is such that rather than wait for the end of the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, we are amend­ing the pro­posed zone now in the in­ter­ests of the schools and their com­mu­ni­ties.’’

Ep­som Girls’ and Gram­mar prin­ci­pals met with min­istry officials on July 17 af­ter the out­cry from res­i­dents who own houses in the over­lap­ping ar­eas.

Par­ents were con­cerned that be­ing part of the col­lege zone might mean their streets were even­tu­ally axed from the Ep­som and Gram­mar zones by the min­istry.

The min­istry re­futed that, say­ing it would be up to the board of ei­ther Ep­som Girls’ or Gram­mar.

Par­ent Jo Thom­son says fam­i­lies buy into the area so their chil­dren can at­tend EGGS and Gram­mar and want cer­tainty around that choice.

The sub­mis­sion pe­riod for One Tree Hill Col­lege has been ex­tended to 5pm on Au­gust 4. The min­istry says feed­back will con­tinue to be re­ceived un­til Au­gust 4 on all other as­pects of the pro­posed en­rol­ment schemes.

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