Grow­ing sub­urb puts pres­sure on school

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

The ever-ex­pand­ing sub­urb of Aotea is bring­ing more fam­i­lies to the area, and Pa­pakowhai School is feel­ing the pres­sure.

The school term started last week and the school’s prin­ci­pal Kevin Win says its roll is higher than ever, ex­pected to top 323 stu­dents by the end of this year.

In 2009 the stu­dent roll was 303. This in­creased by al­most a class­room’s worth of kids in 2010, and would likely do the same this year, said Mr Win.

‘‘It’s dif­fi­cult to tell how much we will grow by, but as the year goes on we will get more newen­trant en­rol­ments that will con­trib­ute to our ris­ing num­bers.’’

The school’s board of trustees in­tro­duced a zone in 2007, en­com­pass­ing all of Pa­pakowhai up to the first eight sec­tions of Aotea, to cap the num­ber of pupils el­i­gi­ble for en­rol­ment.

A par­ent, who had re­cently moved to Pa­pakowhai, con­tacted Kapi-Mana News wor­ried she would have to find an­other school for her chil­dren to at­tend be­cause she be­lieved en­rol­ments were ‘‘at ca­pac­ity’’.

Mr Win said the school would not turn any chil­dren away from within its school zone and would only ac­cept out-of-zone chil­dren in spe­cial cir­cum­stances.

‘‘ We have had a few cases where older sib­lings lived out-of­zone and were en­rolled be­fore 2007, then their younger sib­lings have grown up and were ac­cepted into the school even though they still live out-of­zone. In those cases we don’t want to sep­a­rate sib­lings so they have to at­tend dif­fer­ent schools.’’

The clos­est pri­mary schools to Aotea are Rangikura School in As­cot Park, Te Kura Maori o Porirua and Tairangi School, both in Wai­tan­girua. None of them have zon­ing schemes.

Mr Win would not dis­cuss whether he be­lieved a new school was needed to cater for the Aotea devel­op­ment.

Dog owner: Lara Rad­ford with faith­ful Kruiz. She says she and her fam­ily would be heart­bro­ken if any of their pets were killed on the road, col­lected by the lo­cal coun­cil and then dis­posed of with­out any

at­tempt to con­tact them.

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