New school to hold open evening

Marlene van Tonder Queenstown's newest school will explain how it can help alleviate the Wakatipu's enrolment zone crisis when it open its doors for a public information evening on Thursday.

KingsView School aimed to raise its profile in the community, open the classrooms for inspection and answer any questions, senior classroom teacher Marlene van Tonder said on Friday.

"We're aware there's issues of zoning with Remarkables [Primary School] and we want people to know that we're an option as well. We want people to come and find out what we're all about."

Principal and junior classroom teacher Rebekah Key and New Zealand Christian Proprietors Trust chairman Mark Larson would speak and possibly establishment board of trustees chairman Andy van Ameyde as well.

Miss van Tonder said KingsView focused on not only meeting, but exceeding National Standards in numeracy and literacy at each year level. Further education opportunities such as French, drama and dance were offered with specialist teachers.

The Southern Lakes' first non-denominational Christian state-integrated school reopened in mid-February. There will be 14 pupils in years 1 to 8 by tomorrow who are educated by Ms Key, Miss van Tonder and relief junior classroom teacher Julie Carlaw-Hillary.

The school can accommodate up to 100 pupils, Miss van Tonder said.

"At the moment, the small class sizes are a really valuable resource. We're almost able to individualise their learning plans and we're seeing really great results from that."

The information evening will be held at KingsView School, Yewlett Cres, Frankton, on Thursday, September 17, at 7pm.