Grade 3 student Kizito Imolele arrives at Mile 108 Elementary on the first day of school, met by new principal Ken Lucks. Beth Audet photo.

South Cariboo schools see 33 more students for 2018/2019

‘Right now we’re getting full and we’re having trouble finding spots for some students…’

Registration numbers are up from last school year for almost every school in the South Cariboo. The net increase in students was 33.

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO), which registered 580 students compared to 573 last year, was not expecting the rise in its student population.

“Right now we’re getting full and we’re having trouble finding spots for some students…” said principal Geoff Butcher. “But hopefully we’ll have some more staff in place in the second semester to accommodate them then.”

Butcher said the staff buffers their plans when preparing for the upcoming school year, but they still weren’t expecting this many students.

PSO is currently looking for some science and math teachers plus a metal workshop teacher.

Overall, Butcher said he is happy about their numbers this year.

“It makes it more interesting, vibrant place the more kids you have. It means more staff, it means more kids doing programs, involved in sports and clubs. Everything about the way schools function, I think, functions better with a few more kids than less kids.”

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Mile 108 Elementary registered 210 students compared to 199 last year.

Ken Lucks, the school’s new principal, said this year’s registration is “well within the anticipated rate.”

“We’re a full house,” said Lucks, who added that more students bring more challenges but he is happy with the numbers.

Registration numbers

2018 vs. 2017

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School

580 up from 573

100 Mile Elementary

364 (214 English and 150 French) up from 355

Mile 108 Elementary

210 up from 199

Horse Lake Elementary

164 up from 160

Forest Grove Elementary

74 down from 76

Lac La Hache Elementary

28 up from 24


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Grade 1 students Bryce Gibbs (orange sweater), Naty Law (pink backpack) and Josh Ohlund (grey sweater) run to the doors of Mile 108 Elementary as the bell rings on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3. Beth Audet photo.

Grade 1 students Bryce Gibbs (orange sweater), Naty Law (pink backpack) and Josh Ohlund (grey sweater) run to the doors of Mile 108 Elementary as the bell rings on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3. Beth Audet photo.

Grade 6 student Paige Reeves arrives at Mile 108 Elementary for the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 3. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten student Emery Dirkson draws with crayons along with his mom Chrissy Dirkson. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten students Micaiah Stagg (left) and Kayla McLelland listen attentively during circle time. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten students Ava Rywaczuk, Livia Szatmari and Emery Dirkson have circle time on Monday, Sept. 10. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten students Kayla McLelland (left), Ava Rywaczuk, Livia Szatmari and Emery Dirkson have circle time on Monday, Sept. 10. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten students Ava Rywaczuk and Livia Szatmari snuggle up for circle time on Monday, Sept. 10. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten student James Rosendale during circle time on Monday, Sept. 10. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten students Kayla McLelland (left) and Micaiah Stagg do some serious crayon work on Monday, Sept. 10. Beth Audet photo.

Kindergarten student Ava Rywaczuk does some serious colouring on Monday, Sept. 10. Beth Audet photo.

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