Student numbers up at many schools in region
TWELVE of the region's 22 state schools have seen a boost in student enrolment numbers this year with Clifton State High School noticing the biggest increase in the region, according to day 8 figures.
Principal Joy Craig said the 57 new enrolments at Clifton High were not only a sign of the year 7s joining the school with the flying start program, but a sign of strong community partnerships.
"We're very positive about our school and all the opportunities we have, including the equine program launched this year, and our community partnerships are very strong as well as the connections we've got to our cluster primary schools," Mrs Craig said.
She said the school was well-prepared for the influx in student numbers.
"We had totally prepared for it before the start of the year," she said.
"We're really excited about seeing the school expand and we certainly have the capacity to deal with it."
Mrs Craig said the transition of year 7s moving up into high school had been "seamless".
Glennie Heights was another Southern Downs primary school to welcome fresh new faces, and principal Paul O'Mara said he was pleased to see the school grow.
"We've established another class this year and another teacher so we're all very happy about that," Mr O'Mara said.
He said he believed it was because of the "demographic in the area and the good stuff we are doing here".
"I think it indicates that state education has a strong future and that building positive relationships and focussing on a balanced education is something parents and children respond well to," Mr O'Mara said.
"We are hoping that we can maintain our growth."
Other schools across the region to enrol more students than last year include Allora, Freestone, Glen Aplin, Killarney, Leyburn, Murray's Bridge, Stanthorpe, The Summit, Wallangarra and Warwick Central State schools.
Of the region, Warwick High lost the most enrolments in comparison to last year, with 974.6 students this year.
Goondiwindi State and High schools were not included in the Day 8 data as they were affected by flooding during the data collection.