First to enrol at Endeavour School

Last updated 14:24 12/08/2014
 Harrison Bull
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FIRST IN SCHOOL: Harrison Bull, 8, was the first pupil to get on the roll for Endeavour School.

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The first pupil to enrol at the under-construction Endeavour School in Flagstaff has two questions.

''Are you going to have a computer room?'' eight-year-old Harrison Bull asked.

''How big is the playground going to be?''

He's been at Rototuna Primary School but the family has just bought a house near Endeavour, making it the closest choice.

It will mean an easy scoot to school for Harrison, who's not sure what his ideal school would be like but loves maths and rugby.

For father Robert Bull the location is the number one reason behind the choice, but he's excited about the proposed use of IT.

''It's a cool chance just to be involved in something completely new.''

Harrison's electronic enrolment came through on July 8, and since then the number has risen to about 25, foundation principal Marcus Freke said.

''I'm just in the process of sending letters out now to each one of those children, welcoming them aboard,'' he said. ''I actually have someone to teach and work with. It's cool.''

The senior leadership team was also in place after the appointment of deputy principals Leo Spaans, who was principal of a large school in Dubai, and Michelle Ryan, coming from a role as associate principal of the junior syndicate at Rhode Street School.

The team was working to put ''some real flesh on the bones'' when it came to ideas about how the school would work, including making draft timetables about how the days could look.Construction is also advancing well ahead of the 2015 opening.

''The roofs are starting to come on and walls are being put in. It's coming together nicely.''

Two important tasks are coming up for the principals.

The first is creating a community reference group of parents to help them understand what the community wants from the school.

The second is appointing teachers - they're already advertising for the first five.

And although Freke expects the school set-up process to earn him a few grey hairs, he's feeling relaxed at the moment.

''I'm actually really enjoying it. I don't feel too stressed yet,'' he said. ''I'm nervous actually, and not nervous because I'm worried about school. I'm nervous because I've spoken to a few colleagues who have opened schools and they said it will get stressful... So I'm worried I'm doing something wrong.''

For enrolment forms or more information, visit endeavour.school.nz

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