Collier backs school merger
The Goldfields has shown a “very strong appetite” for the re-amalgamation of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and Eastern Goldfields College, Education Minister Peter Collier says.
Mr Collier and KalgoorlieBoulder Mayor Ron Yuryevich have thrown their support behind the remerging of the campuses, which would see the high school cater for Year 6 to 12 students.
With a $45 million redevelopment of the school due for completion in 2017, many have suspected the regularly debated plan would again be on the cards.
Speaking before his informal visit to the school yesterday, Mr Collier said he believed the move would benefit the school.
“To have that leadership in a school environment, as in Year 11 and 12s with the middle school, is very important,” he said.
“We are talking about early adolescents, and in those years… bullying becomes an issue and often that is eradicated to a large degree when you do have stronger leadership above — not from a teacher or deputy, but from their peers.”
Mayor Ron Yuryevich said he agreed with Mr Collier’s view on the possible re-amalgamation.
“I have had talks with many parents, particularly about the bullying, and the standard statement across 95 per cent of those … was that the school should be re-joined back to what it was,” he said
Mr Collier confirmed he would open community consultation on the matter by the end of the year.
Education Minister Peter Collier with a music class at North Kalgoorlie Primary School yesterday.