Security fears at school

LtoR: Keryn Bailey (Fundraising Committee, Mother of children who attend the school), Roger Cook (Kwinana MLA),
LtoR: Keryn Bailey (Fundraising Committee, Mother of children who attend the school), Roger Cook (Kwinana MLA),

Three concerning incidents at Calista Primary School have been reported since the start of the year, including the killing of school chickens, according to the Department of Education.

Keryn Bailey, a mother of three students at the school, said it had become a ‘thoroughfare’ for people accessing the nearby shopping hub, which included several liquor outlets.

‘There have been reports of gardeners and cleaners being harassed and the chickens, as part of the school’s farm, were killed,’ she said.

‘Graffiti is evident in the school and people are walking through during the day. We need to safeguard the students, especially with the school undergoing redevelopment.’

Calista Primary School principal Craig Skinner said there had been some vandalism and trespassing at the school during the past 12 months.

‘The school supports improved security at the school,’ he said.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook said garrison fencing was required around the school grounds.

‘It needs to be extended to curb anti-social behaviour that is spilling onto the school site,’ he said.

Education Department infrastructure executive director John Fischer said security fencing was not normally provided around ovals, to ‘ensure they are available for community use’.

‘Calista Primary School’s buildings are fenced, apart from two which are currently under construction,’ Mr Fischer said.

‘Once these buildings are completed, approval has been granted for a fence |to be installed around these buildings too.’

Kwinana police Sergeant Gavin Lang said witnesses to suspicious activity on school sites should call School Watch on 1800 177 777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.