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Enrolments in A.C.T. government schools

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The Department of Education and Science announced today that there were 24,100 enrolments at government schools in Canberra at the beginning of the 1970 school year, an increase of nearly 2,100 or 9.4 per cent in the past twelve months.

Enrolments at the ten high schools totalled 8,247 an increase of 685 or 9.1 per cent over the number enrolled at the same time in 1969. Enrolments at the 35 primary and special schools were 15,805 as against 14,418 in 1969, representing an increase of 1,387 pupils or 9.6

per cent.

Schools with the largest enrolments at the beginning of the year were:

Canberra High - 1,053

Telopea Park High - 1,046 Deakin High - 1,040

Red Hill Primary - 893

Campbell High - 862

Watson High - 852

Schools which recorded a significant enrolment increase between February 1969 and February 1970 were:

Canberra High - 250

Cook Primary - 343

Aranda Primary - 142

Macquarie Primary - 109

Reductions in enrolments were recorded at:

Telopea Park High - 82

Narrabundah High - 72

Yarralumla Primary - 98

Ainslie Nth. Primary - 73

The Department stated that some temporary accommodation arrangements had been made for pupils living in areas where primary schools had not yet been completed. Primary school pupils from the Weston Creek area were attending Farrer Primary School for the time being and pupils from Scullin, Higgins and

other new suburbs in Helconnen were attending Cook, 1•acquarie and Page Primary Schools. The Department said that the Warsmanga and Scullin Primary Schools would commence operations at the beginning of second term 1970 and that Higgins and the Weston.

Creek No. 1 Primary Schools would be occupied at the beginning of the 1971 school year.

In referring to high school accommodation in

Belconnen attention was drawn to arrangements which will operate in 1971. During 1970 high school pupils from the Belconnen area will attend Canberra High. Belconnen High School, which will take pupils in 1971 will commence with forms one, two and three. This means that high school pupils resident. in the catchment area for Belconnen High School and currently attending Canberra High School in forms one and two, will move to their own catchment high school, Belconnen High, in 1971. The siblings rule will not apply to high schools serving the Belconnen area in


Enrolment statistics for Canberra pre-schools will not be available until the end of February but a to,;al enrol-ment of about 3,000 children was anticipated. Si}_ new pre-school centres will open for the first time in 1970. One of

these is Nalkara Pre-School for moderately mentally handicapped children in Garran. The Department said it had assumed responsibility for the pre-school education of these children as from this year. .,