Central Leader : April 20th 2011
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Buy one pair of glasses from the $169 range or above and choose one of these FREE o ers: Population growth concerns schools By KELSEY FLETCHER A dramatic increase in the number of three-year-olds has inner city school principals worried their schools won't be able to accommodate the roll growth in two years' time. Bayfield Primary School principal Sheryl Fletcher contacted her local Plunket clinic after a parent commented on the number of three- year-old children in the area. I made the call to Plunket because I was concerned about what would happen to the schools at capacity,'' she says. The Ponsonby Plunket Clinic told Mrs Fletcher a 30 percent increase in three-year-olds was being seen by the local Plunket service and the boom would hit schools by 2013. However, statistics show the sudden increase in children is just a bubble with 2014 predicted to have only a two percent growth. Plunket external communications executive Nikki Hooper says the situ- ation is not unusual. Births typically wax and wane over shorter terms. Plunket regularly reviews birth rates and enrolments and manages staff levels accordingly,'' she says. Mrs Fletcher says the school needs to know how many students they will have so they can predict their roll growth. We enrol about 90 students a year. A sudden increase without having pre- enrolments will mean taking on a whole classroom-sized group of students, so we need parents to pre- enrol their children.'' Mrs Fletcher says since Bayfield is at capacity, taking on an extra 30 students would mean resources would be slim and classrooms full. It's not just us -- Westmere and Pt Chevalier are bursting at the seams too. We need parents to pre-enrol their children so we can plan ahead and get roll predictions to the Ministry.'' Mrs Fletcher says a meeting was held by the Education Ministry with some Auckland city principals last week to discuss property funding for zoned schools. At the meeting the ministry acknowledged there is roll growth in the area but said there was no need for a new school because the growth was a bubble,'' she says. Pt Chevalier School principal San- dra Aitken says having a student boom in two years is a concern for her school. We're feeling the pinch now with 615 students. We have one of the biggest rolls on one of the smallest sites on the inner city schools list.'' We're going to have to build again to accommodate our students, which means using temporary buildings while that happens, but making sure we don't lose out on playing space.'' Education Minister Anne Tolley says demographic projections and trends are constantly monitored. The Auckland area under dis- cussion is different because land for new schools is extremely limited. In other areas it is much easier to build new classrooms or indeed whole new schools,'' she says. Sudden, unforeseen increases in new entrants are extremely rare. I would encourage parents to enrol their children at school as early as possible.''
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