Clos­ing school ru­mour quashed by prin­ci­pal

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.’’

will­ingly

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.

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