Hin­uera School to adopt zon­ing scheme

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Hin­uera School has a proud 120-year his­tory as a small to medium-sized ru­ral school that aims to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of all its com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Re­cently the board of trustees has been work­ing with the Ed­u­ca­tion Ministry to dis­cuss the school’s grow­ing stu­dent roll, so plan­ning for the best pos­si­ble learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment is made.

The ministry is un­able to fund ad­di­tional class­rooms and so the best course of ac­tion is to im­ple­ment an en­rol­ment scheme zone to avoid class sizes be­com­ing big­ger and big­ger.

The board sup­ports this and be­lieves that the school will best achieve its aims if it re­mains as an eight-class­room school with a ru­ral-ur­ban flavour, main­tain­ing its fam­ily at­mos­phere and heart­land foun­da­tion val­ues.

With a zone com­ing into ef­fect, Prin­ci­pal Dean McDon­nell is keen to know prospec­tive par­ents un­der­stand that there are def­i­nitely still spa­ces at the school for fam­i­lies who live out­side the zone.

‘‘Some­times peo­ple as­sume that if they are out­side the zone, then they will find it hard to get in,’’ Mr McDon­nell said.

‘‘We now have to give pri­or­ity to stu­dents within the zone and to fam­i­lies that are al­ready en­rolled at the school but we an­tic­i­pate that there will still be room for the ma­jor­ity of oth­ers.’’

He said the en­rol­ment scheme would al­low the school to have more cer­tainty about the num­ber of stu­dents ar­riv­ing.

‘‘With this cer­tainty they could plan for great ed­u­ca­tional out­comes for them all.

‘‘With all the dis­cus­sion go­ing on about ris­ing class sizes I think par­ents will be pleased that we will have some con­trol over the num­ber of new en­rol­ments, there­fore avoid­ing the chal­lenges that sud­den in­fluxes of stu­dents can cause,’’ Mr McDon­nell said.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Ministry has re­quested that this scheme be in place from July 1, 2012.

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