By GUY WILLIAMS
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 Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau school in Hanley’s Farm.
The ministry’s also consulting on a tweak to Remarkables Primary’s zone, a chunk of which will fall into Te Kura’s scheme ahead of that school’s expected opening next year.
Arrowtown and Shotover primary schools aren’t 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 school.
It’s 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 they’re no longer living in the home zone.
Consultation closes on April 16.
● Information about the proposals, and a link to an online survey, can be found by clicking here