Post­gate to be zoned as roll grows

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Post­gate School will be zoned from next year.

The Whitby decile-four school has been strug­gling to cope with a grow­ing roll in the past three years, with stu­dents housed in the staffroom and li­brary for lessons.

Prin­ci­pal Adam Camp­bell said the zon­ing was the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s de­ci­sion and the school would have to make the best of it.

‘‘We are go­ing through the process now, con­tact­ing our fam­i­lies and en­sur­ing that they let us know of sib­lings that in­tend to come to the school.

Mr Camp­bell was not cer­tain what ar­eas would be ex­cluded from the zone but there would be some over­lap­ping with Pare­mata and Dis­cov­ery.

He said he would have liked their bound­aries to have been larger, in­cor­po­rat­ing more of their school com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s un­for­tu­nate it has hap­pened, es­pe­cially when you have got to know some fam­i­lies very well, but this is a nec­es­sary evil that we have to deal with.

‘‘At the moment you know all the chil­dren by name, but if the roll con­tin­ues to grow the kids be­come a num­ber and you lose that per­sonal touch.’’

The zon­ing would mean the roll could come down to a ‘‘com­fort­able 320’’, Mr Camp­bell said, pupils would get a bet­ter class­room en­vi­ron­ment, and teach­ers would get their staffroom back.

‘‘The kids have adapted well and the fam­i­lies have been great, very sup­port­ive.’’

Post­gate’s neigh­bours Dis­cov­ery, Ad­ven­ture, Pa­pakowhai, Pau­ata­hanui and Pare­mata schools are zoned. Tairangi (Wai­tan­girua) and Rangikura (As­cot Park) are not.

Mr Camp­bell also wanted to pay trib­ute to the Porirua com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing the school’s gala on Novem­ber 17.

More than $20,000 was raised.

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