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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE "If it were possible to reduce the present attendance and, by the establishment df a new school or schools, take measures in the future to prevent the growth of Avondale beyond the capacity of buildings and grounds, the Department feels that rebuilding on the present site has much to commend it," stated a letter from the Education Department read at ' a meeting of the Auckland Education Board. The letter contained comment on the suggested regrading of the site of the Avondale contributing school with the view to providing a new school to accommodate pupils from the primers to Standard IV.

The Department"pointed out that the school opened this year with an attendance of 521 and said that unless other primary schools were established- in the district it would not be many years before Avondale would again attain a roll of about 700. The provision of buildings to accommodate the pupils would greatly overload the site. When the proposed improved staffing schedule was in operation the Avondale school with an attendance of 521 to 560 pupils, would require a separate room for each of 14 assistant teachers. The necessity of giving relief to Point Chevalier, with an attendance of 703 and a probable considerable increase, also had a bearing on reducing the load at Avondale.

The establishment of a new school at Oakley Creek appeared desirable to the Department, the letter continued, and it was suggested that, in addition to relieving Point Chevalier, such a school, together with the opening of a school on Page's site, would probably reduce the attendance at Avondale.

Following comment of the opening of a school between Avondale and Blockhouse Bay, the Department suggested that an investigation be carried out on the lines .mentioned, and this was agreed to by the board.

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AVONDALE NEEDS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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AVONDALE NEEDS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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