Rooms for 'roll peak'

Debbie Dickson
Debbie Dickson
To accommodate a "roll peak" at Remarkables Primary School, classrooms at Queenstown Primary School are being moved across town.

They will go first to the airport for "retrofitting", before going next door to Remarkables Primary School.

The Ministry of Education has applied for consent to temporarily relocate the double classroom to the Queenstown Airport for it to be insulated to cope with noise because of the school's close proximity to the airport.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Education said it should be retrofitted and positioned at Remarkables Primary School in time for the start of the 2013 school year.

"This and the two other classrooms to be provided next year are to enable Remarkables school to manage a roll peak.

"A decision will be made later as to the retention or removal of any temporary classrooms."

Remarkables Primary School principal Debbie Dickson said it was her understanding a double unit would be moved from Queenstown Primary School in mid-November, but there was no confirmation about where the other two classrooms would come from.

Eventually, four classrooms will allow for a further 100 pupils at the school.

Enrolments at Remarkables Primary School had continued to increase and 465 pupils were now enrolled. More were expected by the end of the school year, despite the school's capacity of 460 pupils, Mrs Dickson said.

When asked whether the extra classrooms would satisfy demand, the Ministry of Education said "the provision of a further two teaching spaces ... will do so".

In August, the Otago Daily Times reported the school roll could increase to 530 by mid-2014, according to the school's board of trustees.

The resource consent application said the airport had been chosen to retrofit the classroom because "it is a noisy environment, where there are no significant adverse effects from the temporary activity".

"A school is a noise-sensitive environment, where it would be inappropriate to undertake construction works during term time."

An earlier proposal to use rooms at the nearby KingsView School was not accepted by the board of trustees or the principal.

A new Wakatipu primary school is expected to open in about two years' time.