The promoter of an independent school for Queenstown says the
project is ''slowly making some progress'' but the
announcement of an opening date is ''not imminent''.
Wentworth College principal Bruce Tong, of Auckland, first
mooted the independent school for the resort in 2012. At that
point, it was suggested the school could be opened this year.
In April last year, Mr Tong announced the preferred site for
the multimillion-dollar school, which would initially cater
for up to 100 year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, was at the Jacks Point
subdivision. However, a site within that zone was still to be
Mr Tong told the Otago Daily Times the demand was
''definitely there'' for the school and the project was
''moving quietly forward''.
''It's not [happening] as quickly as I'd like ... It's a slow
process. Ideally, we'd like to go much faster, [but] we're
just biding our time.''
He said ''a number of sites'' were being looked at and he was
waiting for ''a couple of things ... around planning and what
The proposal would see funding come entirely from investors
and fees from parents, which could be about $10,000 a year
for a primary school pupil and $15,000 a year for a secondary
The fees would also help pay teachers' salaries and assist
with the running of the school.
It was likely the school would follow the Wentworth model,
which had a ratio of one teacher to 11 or 12 pupils.