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Rotorua MP Todd McClay says parents and students will have more choice for schooling options next year with the establishment of two new schools in Rotorua.

A new school will be set up on the existing Chapman College campus and Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology will open on a new site.

“This is a vote of confidence in Rotorua as we continue to grow. These two schools will help drive education outcomes for local students and will mean that we keep pace with a growing population,” Mr McClay says.

“A strong economy and exceptional quality of life are attracting more families to Rotorua, so it’s vital we meet the growing needs of our community.”

The new school on the Chapman College campus will offer co-ed, state-integrated non-denominational Christian-based education for year one to eight students. Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology, led by Ngati Whakaue will be a co-educational composite school for years one to ten.

“More and more of our students are leaving school with NCEA Level 2 reflecting the hard work and dedication of local teachers. More choice for parents and students will add to these achievements," Mr McClay says.

Mr McClay says that as school rolls continue to grow it will be important that educational demand is met.

“I am committed to working with all schools in Rotorua to ensure that every parent has choice and every child receives the best possible education,” Mr McClay says.

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