Survey for ‘dynamic’ schools

With John Curtin College of the Arts, Hamilton Senior High School, South Fremantle Senior High School and North Lake Senior Campus in the catchment area the Government will be looking at, locals are being urged to complete the online survey and give their opinions on schooling options.

Hamilton Senior High School principal Donna McDonald said the school was working hard to make sure all current and potential parents have the opportunity to have their say.

‘I believe extensive community consultation will be of great value in further improving the delivery of public education in secondary schools in the greater Fremantle area,’ she said.

South Fremantle principal Geraldine Hardy sent an email to members of the school community last week urging everyone to ‘take part in the important process’.

Education Minister Peter Collier said they would be looking at the size of schools, numbers enrolled, subject range and support services on offer.

‘I believe that parents and community members should have a stake in their local schools and are best placed to provide advice on the individual circumstances of their local area,’ he said.

‘In November last year, I flagged that the State Government wanted to make education more dynamic in the Fremantle area and we said the community would be consulted.

‘This process will look at how we are delivering secondary education currently and whether it is most effective, or if we can do better for students in this area.’

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said the survey, available on the Education Department website, was ‘misleading’.

It has been over six months since the initial announcement on possible school closures, but the State Government still hasn’t laid out any clear options,’ she said. ‘Without clear options to choose between, the consultation process is meaningless.’