Schools full to the brim

ROCKHAMPTON district schools are being hit with an influx of enrolments on the back of the resources boom and some students are being forced onto growing waiting lists.

The surge in student numbers was a focus around the Rockhampton Regional Council table at yesterday's business enterprise meeting, as councillors discussed the situation in their divisions.

Councillors heard that Frenchville State School will enrol 100 new students and Gracemere's Warraburra School will enrol nearly 80 new students this year.

Councillor Graeme Brady, who regularly attends P&C meetings at the Frenchville School, said the "big influx" of children starting there next week had parents employed either directly or indirectly by the resources industry.

While it was hard to pinpoint the specific cause, he said the resource sector growth in other parts of Central Queensland had started to impact on the Rockhampton region.

The Rockhampton Grammar School, which has more than 1200 students enrolled as boarding and day students, is finding itself in increased demand.

Headmaster Philip Moulds told The Bulletin that while he did not have specific figures, there had been an increase in students from elsewhere transferring to the school, while there were also long waiting lists for various year levels.

Cr Sandra O'Brien said in her division, Warraburra State School was expecting a large influx of new students as part of the growth across Gracemere.

She said this growth could be illustrated by figures which showed over the past year, there had been 122 new water connections made in Gracemere, 106 on the Capricorn Coast, 42 in Rockhampton and none in Mount Morgan.

"Just driving around Gracemere, you can see the massive change that has already occurred.

"We really need to keep a track of this and what's going on, I think the region is really only seeing the tip of the iceberg and it's going to explode soon," Cr O'Brien said.

Enrolment figures were sought yesterday, but not received from Education Queensland or Independent Schools Queensland.

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