School twice as popular next year

KingsView School academic excellence and good character award-winners (from left) Joshua Schoenbacechler (12), Solomon Matheson (9), Noah Novacek (6), Sam Vining (6) and Mackenzie Shewan (11) with (from left) principal Rebekah Key, maths and senior literacy teacher Sandra Smith and maths teacher and visual arts co-ordinator Rebecca Hembrow, at the Celebration of Learning on Friday. Photos by James Beech.
KingsView School academic excellence and good character award-winners (from left) Joshua Schoenbacechler (12), Solomon Matheson (9), Noah Novacek (6), Sam Vining (6) and Mackenzie Shewan (11) with (from left) principal Rebekah Key, maths and senior literacy teacher Sandra Smith and maths teacher and visual arts co-ordinator Rebecca Hembrow, at the Celebration of Learning on Friday. Photos by James Beech.
Kingsview School will have virtually doubled its roll in a year to almost 30 when it reopens for the new term in January.

This was one of the achievements announced to about 70 members of the state integrated Christian primary school's community on Friday, in an afternoon of paying tribute to excellence and giving thanks at the third annual Celebration of Learning.

Senior pupils Mackenzie Shewan and Max Nicol welcomed visitors to the prize-giving occasion.

Five pupils were rewarded for their excellence in academic studies, or their positive developments of character.

Principal Rebekah Key said all were gathered ''to celebrate these amazing children's hard work, determination, curiosity, creativity and spirit of adventure they've shown throughout the year''.

Miss Key said while enrolment was growing, class sizes would remain small.

The celebration was held on stage in the school's new hall, next door to a new classroom being fitted for senior pupils.

The new large classroom will have an information technology focus and be open next term.

The existing senior classroom will become the second junior classroom and there is provision for an extra classroom to be created when required.

Senior KingsView School pupils Mackenzie Shewan (11) and Max Nicol (11) welcomed about 70 pupils, parents, trustees and supporters.
Senior KingsView School pupils Mackenzie Shewan (11) and Max Nicol (11) welcomed about 70 pupils, parents, trustees and supporters.
Max Nicol, who has attended KingsView since it officially opened in February 2011, and pupil Nika Sesia, who are going to Wakatipu High School, were presented with gifts and farewelled.

Four new entrants from KingsView Early Learning Centre were welcomed and presented with their new school books for next year.

Parents were not forgotten.

Each received a gift-wrapped work of art created by their son or daughter, following the theme of the year, ''gratitude''.

On behalf of the board of trustees, incoming chairman Greg Poole applauded Miss Key for being the school's ''inspiring and enthusiastic leader''.

Senior classroom teacher Marlene van Tonder left KingsView more than a month ago to pursue her ambition of teaching in south Sudan.

Staff have been bolstered this term by maths and senior literacy teacher Sandra Smith, semi-retired from Arrowtown School after 14 years, and maths teacher and visual arts co-ordinator Rebecca Hembrow.

Miss Hembrow, originally of the United Kingdom, said she felt a calling to teach in Queenstown after travelling around New Zealand to set up international relations for schools in the visual arts.

''It's such a unique school and a unique vision and it's only going to get bigger and filled with more love, more faith and more strength,'' she said.