Queenstown’s Remarkables Primary School will be holding a community consultation meeting on Wednesday (August 3) to discuss proposed enrolment zone changes.
The Ministry Of Education (MOE) and Education Minister Anne Tolley have instructed the Remarkable Primary (RPS) School Board to conduct consultation by 12th September 2011 on a new school zone, due to their concerns about possible overcrowding at the new school.
The meeting will be held this Wednesday 3rd August 2011 at 7.30pm in the RPS School Hall. MOE representatives Raymond Webb, Regional Manager Southern, and Christina Young from the Dunedin office will be at the meeting.
All parents of children currently enrolled at the school, as well as parents of pre-schoolers in the district are welcome to attend the meeting along with any other interested members of the community.
At the meeting the RPS Board will outline discussions with the MOE to date about the proposed reduction of the school’s home zone and wider implications for the district.
The proposed new home zone would include:
Areas that would become out of zone would include Lake Hayes Estate, Quail Rise, Tucker Beach, Marina Heights and the northern side of Frankton Road.
Board chair John Stalker said students currently attending the school would be unaffected, but the proposed changes would affect those pre-enrolled, from a date yet to be determined by the MOE.
“We’ve been talking to the MOE for the past couple of months and have put forward a number of proposals as to how the Ministry could take a long-term view towards planning for continuing roll growth in this district, not just at our school,” he said.
“Unfortunately most of these proposals have been rejected to date, and we see the current zone change as little more than a short-term ‘band aid fix’ to an issue that will ultimately affect every family with young children in this district.”
Mr Stalker said feedback on the proposed new home zone was important to the school and there would be further information and feedback forms available for members of the community to complete at Wednesday night’s meeting.
If the new zone comes into effect, the RPS Board is proposing that will be from the start of Term 2, 2012. This will be subject to MOE approval.
At this stage the RPS Board will not offer out of zone placements for 2012. This will be reviewed in September 2012 for the 2013 school year.