Kindergarten students are expected to fill 'five

South Surrey elementary school braces for ‘massive’ kindergarten growth

Sunnyside Elementary expecting ‘five, maybe six’ kindergarten classes this fall.

Sunnyside Elementary is bracing for a “massive influx” of kindergarten children this fall.

But while school district officials agree the projected enrolment of 112 new kindergarten students – filling “five, maybe six” classes – at the South Surrey school is “on the high side,” they say it isn’t a new concept.

“We’ve had six, and we’ve had more in the past, in the Clayton area,” spokesman Doug Strachan said. “This is nothing new to us in the district, for sure.

“There’s been over-capacity in various schools for at least 10 years now.”

Sunnyside Elementary, located at 2828 159 St., opened in September 2013 with room for 540 students. The latest projection will bump that number to 590 – to 109 per cent capacity – increasing the number of kindergarten classes from four to as many as six, and adding four more portables to the property, Strachan said.

It’s growth principal Faizel Rawji told Peace Arch News earlier this year was unheard of.

“It’s insane,” he said of what was, at the time, a projection for seven kindergarten classes in the fall. “It’s going to be a massive influx.”

Monday, Rawji described kindergarten registration at his school as having “many moving parts,” and deferred further comment on the current status to Strachan.

Strachan said at nearby Morgan and Rosemary Heights elementaries – which have both gained classroom additions – there are currently two and three kindergarten classes, respectively, and the projected enrolment for both schools this September is “relatively flat.”

But that status is expected to change in the years ahead, as the area continues to grow, Strachan said.

“There are a number of development applications in both those areas,” he said. “And also, the boundary change that was in place for Morgan, that adds to enrolment over time.”

The school district announced boundary changes last fall as a step to help alleviate overcrowding. Locally, they resulted in a shift to have students in the northernmost section of Sunnyside’s catchment area – north of 30 Avenue/Mountain View Drive – cross busy 32 Avenue to Morgan Elementary.

To make further room at Sunnyside, the Montessori daycare that operated out of the school was given notice to cease operations after June.

Strachan reiterated that a new elementary school for South Surrey is also on the district’s top-five capital-funding wish list, and said growth was “top of the agenda” at a meeting last month between MLAs and school trustees.

“The trustees said that they left the meeting optimistic,” Strachan said.

Until relief is announced, however, Strachan said patience and working with the city will continue.

“There’s not many options available to us. Short of telling young families you can’t move here, we’re doing all we can,” Strachan said.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Replica totem pole to be raised at Peace Arch Park

‘Reconciliation ceremony’ will include SFN leaders, provincial politicians

ELECTION QUESTIONS: Does Surrey need its own police force?

Who’s on the right side of Surrey RCMP’s contract issue debate? That’s for voters to decide on Oct. 20

WEB POLL: Is Surrey a safer city since the last election?

Crime and public safety continue to be hot button election issues

Gill says he’s ‘prepared’ to make handguns ‘biggest’ issue in Surrey civic election

Surrey First slate reveals second part of its public safety platform Thursday

BC Housing withdraws application for Cloverdale supportive housing

Application withdrawn, open house cancelled following community opposition

VIDEO: Tour de Valley riders visit Surrey elementary school

Students create signs to support riders

First Nations block roads to stop the moose hunt in B.C.’s Interior

Chief Joe Alphonse confirmed Thursday they’ve deactivated the Raven Lake Road and the Mackin Creek Road just before the Island Lake turnoff

Canada signs global pact to help rid world’s oceans of abandoned fishing gear

The federal Fisheries Minister says it’s a ‘critical issue’

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants ‘fairness’

Kavanaugh has denied al allegations of sexual misconduct

Police probe suspicious death of man in Richmond

A body was found in the area of Garden City and Odlin Roads in Richmond just after 8:30am Thursday

Lower Mainland woman sets Grouse Grind record

Madison Sands sets a new best time on Vancouver’s fitness landmark

Tent city campers now allowed to stay in B.C. provincial park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no deadline for campers to leave Greater Victoria camp site

Bus company vies to replace Greyhound in Kamloops to Vancouver, Kelowna

Alberta-based Ebus applies to the Passenger Transportation Board to replace Greyhound

Former VP of Lululemon joins B.C. cannabis cultivation facility

Kerry Biggs will be the chief financial officer of True Leaf, in Lumby

Most Read