Three schools gain independent status
Three more West Pilbara primary schools have been selected for independent public school status by the Department of Education, effective at the beginning of next year.
Dampier Primary, Tambrey Primary and Pannawonica Primary have made it through a competitive selection process to become independent as part of the 2017 intake of about 70 schools for the prestigious educational program.
They join existing independent public schools in the region, including Baynton West Primary, Peg’s Creek Primary School, Karratha Senior High School, Karratha Primary School, Paraburdoo Primary School and all three Tom Price schools.
Dampier Primary principal Luke Breman said becoming an independent public school would allow more flexibility over funding and resource allocation and choosing staff, working within the overarching policies of the Department of Education.
He said the school had applied because “it was time”.
“We saw that the IPS model suited the direction we wanted to take the school,” he said.
“It’s great recognition and it will be empowering for the school community to drive the direction of Dampier Primary School into the future.
“It allows us to have that flexibility to make decisions that best suit our school context, rather than getting all the same delivered as previous models used to do.”
As part of the transition, Dampier Primary staff and students are redesigning their school logo, motto and overall vision to have a greater emphasis on the local community, whose support Mr Breman said was a key factor for any school to earn independent status.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said becoming independent was a hard-earned and worthwhile achievement for schools. “It takes committed and proactive school communities to become an independent public school,” she said.