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Children head back to school

Children head back to school

Schools will be opening for the new school year this week, as students begin another year’s learning.

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey.

“Altogether, a total of 753,000 students will be heading to school from Years 1 to 13.

“There are lots of things parents can do to support their children to achieve well at school. Ensuring there’s a suitable space at home for homework is important, for example.

“And for older students tackling NCEA, this is a good time for parents to sit down with their kids and set some clear goals for the year ahead. What does your son or daughter want to achieve this year? Make a plan to check in with them regularly to see what support they need to help achieve their goals,” says Ms Casey.

Projected Number of New Entrants and Total Enrolments, by Regional Council, 2016
Regional CouncilYear 1 Entire School YearYear 1 Beginning of School YearYear 1-13 Beginning of School Year
Northland Region2,43040029,400
Auckland Region21,4203,570253,400
Waikato Region6,2201,04076,100
Bay of Plenty Region4,15069052,800
Gisborne Region7901309,500
Hawkes Bay Region2,34039029,800
Taranaki Region1,67028020,400
Manawatu-Wanganui Region3,20053039,300
Wellington Region6,4401,07078,100
Marlborough Region6001006,800
Nelson Region5801008,300
Tasman Region6001007,900
West Coast Region430704,500
Canterbury Region7,0801,18088,400
Otago Region2,47041031,700
Chatham Is. County100100
Southland Region1,39023016,700


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