South Fremantle Senior High School might merge with Hamilton Senior High School

Simone McGurk with members of the Fremantle community, who are concerned about what the future holds for education.
Simone McGurk with members of the Fremantle community, who are concerned about what the future holds for education.

DESPITE assurances that the future of Fremantle's public high schools would be known by the end of the year, silence from the Education Minister is making local parents anxious.

With just five weeks left on the deadline, which the minister set at a public meeting in June, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk joined members of High School Options for Fremantle and the South Fremantle Senior High School community at Parliament last Thursday to air grievances about the lack of information given to the community.

South Fremantle Senior High School Council chair Rachel Robertson said the parents at the school were disappointed with how long the process was taking but that the school was still performing well in the meantime.

‘Over 180 new students are enrolled for 2015 and the current students and parents are very happy with the school,’ she said.

‘We are growing and are likely to grow further and if an amalgamation with Hamilton Senior High School occurs we will reach the government’s optimum size for high schools.

‘We are prepared for a possible amalgamation and will work constructively if it occurs.’

Traci Gamblin, spokeswoman for High School Options for Fremantle, said they had been working to bring attention to the issue for three years but for every year that passed, families were under more pressure with the limited options on offer.

‘We would like the Government to guarantee that if they amalgamate Hamilton and South Fremantle senior high schools there will be senior level academic courses on campus from day one, regardless of enrolment numbers,’ she said.’

Education Minister Peter Collier said there would be a decision before the year ended.