Zoning needed as rolls swell
Two Auckland secondary schools are acting quickly to lighten the load after a period of rapid roll growth.
The Ministry of Education has advised Selwyn College and One Tree Hill College to put enrolment schemes in place.
The board of trustees at each school is consulting with the community before submitting the proposed home zone for ministry approval.
Both aim to have the zones up and running for the 2015 school year, with out of zone enrolments closing on September 3.
Selwyn College has never had an enrolment zone.
The school has experienced such a big turn around in achievement and community interest and more control is needed to manage its population size, principal Sheryll Ofner says.
The ministry predicted Selwyn would get 161 enrolments for 2014's year 9 class but the college received more than 230 enrolments.
The proposal is a "very, very fair zone", Ofner says.
"It captures our community well."
Ministry head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey says Selwyn's proposed zone overlaps with the established home zones of Glendowie College, Auckland Grammar School and Epsom Girls Grammar School.
"These secondary schools will only be affected if students in the proposed area of overlap choose to go to Selwyn College in preference to the other schools."
Casey says students who live in streets that overlap will continue to be eligible to enrol at those schools and at Selwyn if the zone is approved.
She says Selwyn College will also receive extra teaching and learning spaces because of roll growth.
"Planning is about to commence for construction of 12 new classrooms at Selwyn College over the next three years, including a number of new classrooms that will be available for the 2015 school year."
One Tree Hill College principal Nick Coughlan says the enrolment scheme is an absolute must for the school.
"This is all about the fact that our roll has grown so rapidly in the last four to five years," he says.
"Parents in our community are sending their children to us in droves because of increased achievement and all the hard work that is being done within the school."
Coughlan says the college will face the very real prospect of overcrowding in 2015 if the enrolment scheme isn't put in place.
"If on January 28 of next year we get another enrolment number like we have for the last three years, then we will have more students than we have space for at school," he says.
The proposed zone does overlap with the established Glendowie College enrolment zone, he says.
"It is a minuscule overlap that will simply allow the families with children in that area to have a choice."
Submissions for the proposed enrolment schemes need to be made before July 23 for One Tree Hill College and July 25 for Selwyn College.
Go to selwyn.school.nz or onetreehillcollege.school.nz for more information.
East And Bays Courier