Parents encouraged to attend Open Day at Remarkables Primary School

Tuesday 12 October 2010, 11:56AM
By Southern PR


Queenstown’s Remarkables Primary School is holding an Open Day this Sunday October 17 for all parents of prospective pupils.

The brand new Frankton school, which celebrated its official opening in August, is inviting parents of children from new entrants to Year 6 to tour the school and attend one of three short presentations from Principal Debbie Dickson.

Mrs Dickson said the school was holding the Open Day to encourage parents considering sending their children to enrol now for 2011 onwards.

“As a brand new school, we don’t have any historical data on which to base future enrolment figures. The Education Ministry require our enrolment numbers for 2011 now so our staffing requirements can be met and resources allocated for students.

“We can then advertise our teaching positions as soon as possible to enable us to employ suitably qualified teachers keen to potentially make the move to Queenstown to join our hard-working team. Those teachers in turn will have to give suitable amounts of notice to their current employer.”

Remarkables Primary school urged parents who had already taken enrolment packs to return them as soon as possible.

“We’re a growing school of 21st century ‘learners’ in an amazing new building in one of the most stunning parts of New Zealand. I’m sure all parents would like to think we can attract some of the best teachers in the country and I’d like to think we can, if we’re able to start the advertising process with some urgency,” said Mrs Dickson.

The Open Day will be held between 10am and 2pm and Mrs Dickson will do a short presentation in the school hall for Years 5 and 6 at 10am, for Years 3 and 4 at 12 noon, and at 1pm for Years 1 and 2.

Parents will be able to meet the Team Leader for each year group, and each presentation will be followed by a tour of the school.

The school’s Remarkables Parents Association will hold a sausage sizzle on the day and tickets will be on sale for ‘Glittering Peaks’, the school’s first social evening and fundraiser, with Peter Hillary as special guest.

Ms Dickson said presentations would cover the school’s curriculum, 21st century leaning processes, and include details of planned Outdoor Education experiences for Years 5 and 6 and ultimately Years 7 and 8.

“We’ve got some amazing camps and outdoor learning experiences booked up that we’ve kept under wraps. Now that Years 5 and 6 are starting next February, it’s time to reveal what they are.

“I’d love to see as many parents here as possible on Sunday and we welcome any questions.”