Col­lier backs school merger

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Te­gan Guthrie

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.

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