The future looks promising for Kakanui School, which has just received some welcome news from the Ministry of Education.
The small rural school which finished the end of 2014 with 20 pupils and one teacher is now set to gain a new teacher after six new pupils enrolled for the coming school year.
With 26 pupils the cut-off required for a new teacher, Kakanui principal Ann Roughan said she was over the moon.
“I was jumping for joy. I was absolutely over the moon when I received the last application for a child to go to school here, because I knew exactly what it meant.”
The school had 15 pupils when Ms Roughan arrived there from Cromwell School last year and has gained 11 pupils in her short time.
“I’m all about making this school the coolest, most friendliest rural school in the area.”
While school starts today, the new teacher will not begin until either February 9 or 16.
“It all depends really. It’s not too much of an issue. I’m happy enough to take them until she starts.”
Ms Roughan said the pupils would be split up into juniors and seniors, which would be good for them.
“It’ll be great to have them separate, but at the same time they’ll have a lot of joint learning together,” Ms Roughan said.
“I know the children will be excited to have a second teacher.”
The school will have to pay for the new teacher out of its own budget until March 1, when the Ministry of Education will take over.
“It’s on issue they’ll backdate us with the pay, so it’s fine.”
Ms Roughan sees 30 as an ideal number of pupils for the school.
Meanwhile, the school had a working bee on Saturday and has appointed Karen Sparks as its new office administrator. She also looks after the play centre on Thursdays.
By Brayden Lindsay