School aims to keep classes small
Primary and secondary schools are into the final term of the year and one of them is already planning for major changes next year.
Te Waotu School principal Bruce Darroch said in 2011 they would run seven classrooms instead of the six they were entitled to.
‘‘ We are staffed to run six classrooms, however we have a tradition of endeavouring to keep our class sizes as low as possible,’’ he said.
‘‘We strongly believe that to optimise learning opportunities then small class sizes are the best way to go.’’
Year seven and eight classes had 16 children in each and junior classes were also small with up to 14 students.
‘‘ This obviously makes for excellent learning conditions and much more teacher time. Learning difficulties are much easier to identify in each class as well.’’
Mr Darroch said operating more classrooms than they were entitled to was an expensive option but the community was backing the idea.
The school also had an ICT development plan to lift the number of mini-notebook computers. ‘‘ A lot of assessment these days is done online and we need a full class set of mininotes for this to happen.’’
At the moment they had about 55 computers in the school and intended to increase this to 65 and replace some of their older computers.
Mr Darroch admitted that the ICT development plan for next year was an expensive process.