Lower Eyre school enrolments stable

SCHOOL: Foundation students Meg Lohmeyer and Koa Francis with year 2 students Ivy Rammers and Kaziah Porta at Port Lincoln Junior Primary School. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
SCHOOL: Foundation students Meg Lohmeyer and Koa Francis with year 2 students Ivy Rammers and Kaziah Porta at Port Lincoln Junior Primary School. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Schools across the Lower Eyre Peninsula are fully into the school year in 2021 and enjoying stable enrolment numbers across the board.

Department for Education director (Port Lincoln 1) Rowena Fox said numbers across the region were generally stable and while there was a slight decrease in numbers in the early years, this was in line with a natural decline in the birth rate.

She said the department was expecting the numbers to continue to vary from year to year accordingly.

Port Lincoln Junior Primary School had seen 105 new enrolments including 98 foundation students.

Principal Kathy Davison said this was an increase in foundation enrolments at the school.

"Good enrolment numbers continue to be seen at Port Lincoln Junior Primary School," she said.

Tumby Bay Area School has seen 209 enrolments for 2021, a slight increase from the same time last year.

Principal Nicky Prosser said there were 15 new reception students who had "come well equipped from Tumby Bay Kindy with such enthusiasm for learning and are loving our dynamic junior primary setting."

"Other students have joined us across the year levels from Ungarra, Port Lincoln, Poonindie and Adelaide, we love welcoming new students and they have settled in very well," she said.

"We are so looking forward to an awesome year at Tumby Bay Area School and ensuring every students has impactful teaching and learning experiences."

Cummins Area School has about 440 students for the new school year, with 24 foundation students.

Deputy principal Mike Ford said the school had stayed around the 440 mark for the past couple years and showed there was still a lot of faith in the education being delivered at the school.

"We've also had nine new teachers, which is the biggest turnover in a long, long time," he said