School rolls on the rise

FILLING UP: South Canterbury school rolls are increasing.
FILLING UP: South Canterbury school rolls are increasing.

South Canterbury schools say rolls continue to boom with steadily increasing numbers expected next year.

Timaru Girls' High School principal Sarah Davis said the school roll would be about 400 next year - 20 to 30 up on Education Ministry predictions.

"We held steady from 2010 to 2011 but have had a significant interest in year 9 in particular, but also a good healthy number throughout year 10 to year 13."

She said most of the new enrolments were families that had recently arrived in Timaru.

Roncalli College principal Chris Comeau said his school's roll was steady.

"We are currently looking at about 515, plus international students [30].

"This is steady on present years and is very near our capacity at 520."

Pleasant Point's St Joseph's School principal Collette Sandilands said the roll was stable with a predicted roll for next year of 86.

Waimataitai School principal Jane Culhane said she expected the roll to be much the same as this year.

"[There is an] increase in the number of enrolments allowing us to put at least a further class in place at the end of term one and possibly a further one later in the year, based on known enrolments." She encouraged parents to contact the school so the school could plan ahead.

Timaru Christian School principal Bethany Rentoul said the roll would be similar to this year.

"Timaru Christian School is expected to start next year with a roll of 90. With pre-enrolments we have only six spaces left to fill for the rest of the year as we are capped at 100, being an integrated school." The school would start the year with around the same number of students as it started with this year.

Bluestone School principal Ian Poulter said the expected roll on day one was around 500, but would grow to 550 by end of 2013 .

"No longer are parents enrolling children a long time ahead of their starting, so accurate predictions beyond this are hard to achieve."

Pleasant Point Primary School principal Mark Creba said the school was expecting to start the year on 227 and finish at around 255.

"Our roll has been slowly trending upwards in the last couple of years, which is pleasing."

Waimate Centennial School principal Barry Jury said the roll was "increasing steadily".

"And it appears as though this trend will continue into 2013."

The school will end the 2012 year with just under 160 pupils and expected to start 2013 with about 140, "once again heading towards 160-plus", he said.

The Timaru Herald