Otatara School bursting at the seams
Otatara School has so many pupils, there is not enough room to teach them, so makeshift classrooms have been set up in the school's library and dentist clinic.
Pupils do not have to wait long to be back in the classroom, as the school is building a second new classroom to be ready for the new school year.
Otatara School Board of Trustees chairman Simon Tierney said the school had been attracting more pupils every year since 2006, when there were about 280 pupils.
In 2008 the roll peaked at 291 pupils.''The projected number of pupils for 2014 is 355,'' Mr Tierney said.
''It's really interesting, considering the Southland population is so stagnated, a primary school is growing so much.''
Mr Tierney put the influx of pupils down to more and more families moving into Otatara.
''It's a growing area, we're getting more families moving here, and existing families are growing too,'' he said.
He also thought the school's good reputation had a lot to do with it.
''We like to look at where are children are going after they leave primary school, and we get a lot of positive feedback from high schools about the children coming out of Otatara Primary.''
Mr Tierney said the school roll fluctuated a lot during the year.
''The last term of the year is always the biggest, because all of the new entrants have been arriving through the year, and all the year sixes are yet to leave.''
While pupils are being taught in the library and dentist clinic, the school has divided the library up to provide space for teaching new entrants.
''We're trying to make the best of the situation, we can't just turn them away,'' Mr Tierney said.
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