Closing school rumour quashed by principal
Students and staff at Te Poi Primary School are concerned at rumours of their school closing down being circulated in the area.
Principal Linda Woolhouse said there was no truth in the rumours and the school was definitely not closing down.
‘‘ The school is not closing because it is going stronger than ever with a growing roll and a bright future,’’ she said.
Since Miss Woolhouse was appointed as principal 11 weeks ago, Te Poi has already had four new students and has a predicted role of 40 for next year.
‘‘We have had a visit from the Ministry of Education and it was pleased with how the school is going,’’ she said.
‘‘The ministry told us that a school cannot be shut down due to dropping numbers. It can only be closed if parents of the students at the school ask that it be closed.
‘‘I didn’t know this and I think a lot of other people don’t realise this either. This is a school that parents and the Te Poi community are behind.’’
She said this had been evident at the recent trivia night, where they raised more than $7000 for new school equipment and the working bees which many parents and grandparents had supported.
Despite the rumours, Miss Woolhouse said she had loved every moment of being principal at Te Poi. ‘‘I absolutely adore it here. I’m a true convert to the country and couldn’t go back to a city school’’ she said, laughing.
‘‘ I have noticed that the students’ learning has developed so much in the last 11 weeks.
‘‘It is just phenomenal.’’
Miss Woolhouse has introduced her students to the world of technology and has expanded the curriculum to incorporate computer based activities.
‘‘We have one internet computer per senior student now which is just awesome,’’ she said.
‘‘Even though we are a rural school – with the internet, we can be connected to anybody.’’
In 2012, Te Poi Primary will receive high-speed broadband.