King's High School year 9 pupil Flynn Allen (13) is one of
225 year 9 pupils on their first day at the school. Photo
by Gerard O'Brien.
King's High School in Dunedin has recorded the highest
year 9 pupil intake in the school's 75-year history.
And for Flynn Allen, of Taieri Mouth, the whole thing is a
little overwhelming. He has come from Taieri Beach School,
with just 14 pupils, and he was the only boy in year 8 last
Compare that with going to school this year with 225 boys
your own age.
''It's giant. It will take a bit of getting used to - just
seeing so many people and buildings in the one place.''
Initially, he felt like a small fish in a big pond, but after
a couple of hours at the school yesterday, he realised there
were pupils he knew.
''Surprisingly, I know about 15 people here. Some are friends
from Big Rock School. We used to go to technology together.''
Rector Dan Reddiex said the last record was set in the 1980s
when Ian Simpson was rector.
''There were 220 pupils at year 9. We were close to breaking
that record last year with 217.''
Mr Reddiex believed the growing roll was the result of a
focus on values-based education, high academic expectations,
clear boundaries and accountability, and compassion and care
for the pupils from staff.
Otago Boys' High School rector Clive Rennie said his year 9
roll this year was down slightly to 160 pupils, and Otago
Girls' High School principal Linda Miller said her year 9
roll was down from 160 last year, to 140 this year.
Despite the year 9 roll declines, the two schools remain the
largest boys' only and girls' only schools in Dunedin.
Bayfield High School principal Judith Forbes said her school
was expecting more than 80 year 9 pupils this year and Logan
Park High School principal Jane Johnson said her school was
expecting about 130 year 9 pupils - both rolls were similar
to last year's.
Queen's High School principal Julie Anderson said her year 9
roll had increased from 87 last year to 91 this year.