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September, 2021

Queenstown subdivision Hanleys Farms new primary school, Te Kura
Whakatipu o Kawarau, will not be accepting enrolments from out of its
zone for next year.
However, establishment board chair Gigi Hollyer says that wont
necessarily always be the case.
Mountain Scene asked Hollyer for comment after a Kingston resident
pointed out many of the villages families want to enrol their kids at the
new school.
With many Kingston families travelling to Queenstown each day for
work, enrolling their kids at Te Kura would be more convenient than
taking them to Garston School, for which the village is zoned.
Hollyer says she totally understands that feeling, but with zoning
determined by the Ministry of Education, the school has to make a
decision that prioritises the interests of its in-zone community.
Although her boards decided against out-of-zone enrolments for next
year, for 2023 there might be a different decision.
Thats a decision the board makes every year, so the newly-elected
parent board will be able to make that decision [in August] next year.
Itll need to consider a range of factors, including its roll, demand for
enrolments and funding implications, she says.
Meanwhile, the only Whakatipu school to provide out-of-zone
enrolments, Arrowtown School, is offering up to 30 places for children in
terms 1 and 2 next year.

Source: Mountain Scene


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