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March, 2021

Education ministry staff were in Queenstown this week getting public
feedback on its plans to bring in enrolment zones for Queenstown
Primary School and the under-construction of Te Kura Whakatipu o
Kawarau School in Hanleys Farm.
The ministrys also consulting on a tweak to Remarkables Primarys
zone, a chunk of which will fall into Te Kuras scheme ahead of that
schools expected opening next year.
Arrowtown and Shotover primary schools arent affected.
Ministry deputy secretary of sector enablement and support, Katrina
Casey, tells Mountain Scene the changes are aimed at giving the schools
boards a fair and transparent mechanism for enrolling new students,
and to prevent the risk of overcrowding at any one school.
But first it wants to hear and understand community perspectives so
the changes reflect local views, Casey says.
We especially want to hear and understand views on whether the
proposed boundaries accurately reflect the area, and the practical
implication for students, whanau and communities.
At one-on-one public information sessions held at various resort
locations since Tuesday, it has been particularly seeking feedback on
transport routes and zone boundaries, she says.
The new zones will take effect from the start of next year.
An online consultation document states children enrolled at a school
before the new zones are implemented are allowed to stay at that
Its also planning a transitional arrangement called grandparenting.
Under that scheme, the younger siblings of current students at either
Queenstown or Remarkables primary schools will be able to enrol at the
same school from next year, even if the changes mean theyre no longer
living in the home zone.
Consultation closes on April 16.

Source: Mountain Scene


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