Cap on students
By ED SOUTHORN
STUDENT numbers at Banora Point High School have been "capped" at 800.
Enrolments at the new school, which currently has about 480 students in years 7, 8 and 9, are forecast to reach 800 by 2009, according to Education Department Far North Coast director Ron Hankin.
Banora Point High's first Year 12 students will commence in 2009.
Mr Hankin said that even if population growth continues to rise, Tweed River High currently has 900 enrolments with capacity for another 300 and is able to cope with demand for secondary school places.
He said Tweed River High would have to reach its enrolment capacity of 1200 students before any consideration would be given to allowing more than 800 students at Banora Point High.
If families living outside new enrolment boundaries for Banora Point High wanted to send their children to the new school, they would have to apply to a placement committee headed by Mr Hankin with local school principals.
The committee would take into account if there was room at Banora Point High for enrolments outside the boundaries and if there were good reasons why a particular student should go to the new school, such as a sibling also at the school, Mr Hankin said.
Banora Point High Teachers Federation representative Phil Whitehead said enrolment boundaries ought to be reviewed annually and population pressure could mean extra classrooms would be needed at Banora Point High in about three years.
Although a Stage 3 classroom block has been mooted for Banora Point High, a spokeswoman for Tweed MP Neville Newell said it would only be necessary if enrolments exceeded 900.