Enrolment numbers are a bit lower in the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD) this year.
Celeste York, director of education with the HTCSD, said across the division as of Monday, there are 2,189 students enrolled in the schools, 63 fewer students than there were in 2012.
“That is what we expected. What we’re looking at though, in terms of where the healthy enrolments are, we’ve got large numbers in pre-K, K and Grade 1,” said York. “So we’re bringing in more than we’re graduating out and that’s a good thing.”
As an example, she said this year there are 84 Grade 12s enrolled at Vanier Collegiate, but 134 Grade 1 students in Moose Jaw.
“Our primary numbers are strong and that’s what you want to see,” said York.
She said the enrolment figures are pretty much on par with the five-year trend.
“We are pretty close to where we were in 2010. It fluctuates a bit and what we look at is a 10- and 20-year trajectory,” said York. “You get the dips depending on when the birth rates were higher and lower and right now, our upper grades are a little bit lower, but we knew that.
“Then there’s a little bit of a birthing surge and we’ve got some higher numbers in the lower grades.”
She said how many children are born usually gives the HTCSD a good feel for when the numbers are going to be higher or lower.
“There’s only so much in the population that you’re dealing with,” said York. “The wild card is whether or not we have immigrants coming in.”
She said two years ago the division had many immigrants come to their schools, which she described as “wonderful.”
“Recently we haven’t had that many because of course that’s controlled by the federal government and I believe they have a cap on how many are allowed in Saskatchewan right now,” said York. “Certainly if we have more people moving in then that will make a difference in our numbers.”
She said the enrolment figures are also up at St. Mary School in Moose Jaw. In 2009, the school had approximately 90 students, and this year the school has 154 students.
Because staff members are based on student enrolment, with decreased student enrolment comes a decrease in staff.
However the strong primary enrolment figures indicate more staff might be needed in the future, she said.
"Our schools are at capacity,” said York. “All in all it’s looking good.”
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