Tarawera High more popular than expected

Date published: February 6, 2013 at 11:57 am | Comments

Kawerau’s new secondary school has more students than it ever expected.

Tarawera High School’s welcomed all students with a pohiri on Wednesday January 30, after juniors and Year 13’s attended for orientation the day before.

There’d been earlier indication over the last two years parents of some Intermediate aged students wouldn’t send their youngsters to a school with older teenagers.

But Principal, Helen Tuhoro says numbers are well up on the 400 projected pupils.

She says they’re currently sitting on 460-470 – though they’re yet to see some students who may have decided to go elsewhere.

She explains the numbers are fluctuating but are increasing – with 420 on the roll just a week ago.

Ms Tuhoro says they’d been hoping to get between 420-440 if there was good support from the community – so the fact they’ve got more than 460 shows there’s great local support.

She adds they’ve had enrolments from students who live in Kawerau but were previously attending either Whakatane Intermediate or high schools in Whakatane.

Source: 1XX FM