Nayland College is asking the public for feedback on its proposed enrolment zone boundaries.
The only co-educational school in Nelson has gone out to the local community, as well as the wider public, with submissions closing on 13 November.
As the school rapidly nears its 1330 student capacity, the Ministry of Education has requested they adopt an enrolment zone, which will need to be in place by the beginning of 2022.
“The Ministry have proposed a home zone boundary in keeping with Broadgreen Intermediate’s enrolment scheme,” says principal Daniel Wilson.
Since the consultation period began on 13 October, the school has received more than 40 submissions and responses so far have been “mixed”.
“While some parents who live outside of the proposed home zone boundary are concerned that they may lose the coeducational choice for their children, other families with students currently attending Nayland College support the adoption of an enrolment zone to protect the quality of education their children presently enjoy,” says Daniel.
“The feedback will be reviewed by the school board and forwarded to the Ministry.”
Those outside the zone will still be able to apply to enrol, but acceptance is subject to places being available.
If there are fewer places available than there are applicants, their acceptance will be subject to a ballot.
When plans for the zone were announced in July it caused an outcry from some Nelson parents, spurring the creation of the Facebook group ‘Whanau for Educational Choice’ – which now has almost 500 members.
The group have launched a petition to parliament, requesting co-educational college education for all New Zealand youth.
So far, the petition has 960 signatures.
“While we see this ‘consultation process’ as a farce, because the Ministry has informed us the decision is already made, we are strongly recommending our members, and the public, to use the submission process to state their opinions about the zoning of Nayland College. This is still an opportunity for people to be heard,” the group told Nelson Weekly.
Submissions on the zone can be made online at nayland.school.nz/about/board-of-trustees/ or you can write or deliver a letter to the school.