Boundary blues for school parents
A proposed enrolment zone for Orewa North Primary School has some parents concerned their younger children won’t be able to join their siblings at the school.
The suggested zone stretches north from the bridge over the Orewa estuary to just past Pu¯ hoi.
It cuts some roads through the middle, such as Hatton Rd in Orewa, with only properties with odd numbered letter boxes in the zone.
One Hatton Rd parent is unimpressed her two younger children may not be able to join their sister at the school.
She understood the need for zoning from the Ministry of Education to manage population growth and avoid overcrowding, but wasn’t happy people living close to the school were overlooked for kids as far away as Pu¯ hoi.
‘‘Their proposed zone doesn’t make much sense to me, as some streets that they excluded are closer to the school than those that they chose to include, but they also decided to split streets in half.’’
She thought the zoning should prioritise children who live in Orewa.
The school is two weeks into a month-long consultation period with parents on the proposed zoning.
Principal Bruce Tilby said he had been approached by a number of parents with the same concerns and had encouraged them to submit on the proposed zoning.
The school, with a current role of 332, was set to swell to somewhere between 500-600 students within the next five years or so, he said.
Tilby said it would be up to school’s board of trustees to decide, but he thought out of zone siblings would be able to come to the school for the foreseeable future and they would have first priority in out of zone enrolment considerations.
Orewa Primary has finished its new enrolment zone process.
Orewa Primary board of trustees chairwoman Amanda Cotterell said parents at the school who became out of zone had similar concerns about siblings.
‘‘We have told them that really that’s not going to be a problem. There will definitely be siblings allowed to come through from our out of zone students,’’ she said.
Parents from both schools will have to go through the zoning process again in the next few years, ahead of a third school being built in Orewa by 2021.
The proposed enrolment zone for Orewa North Primary and Orewa Primary’s enrolment zone.