School roll dips after quake-fuelled record

Geraldine High School is back to "steady" numbers for 2013.

The school will welcome 585 students in the new year, down from 620 last year.

Principal Juliette Hayes said last year's increase was the result of the Christchurch earthquakes, with many families moving to the area. That influx saw the school's roll reach a new record.

However, she said while some of the students and their families have stayed on, many have returned to Christchurch.

She said the roll has returned to "just about the same" as it was prior to the earthquakes. "We've just got a steady roll. We are really pleased with how it's looking."

She said students enrolled for next year included overseas students and those moving to the area with their parents from other parts of New Zealand.

However, that was nothing out of the ordinary, she said.

"There are no surprises."

The Timaru Herald