Three schools gain in­de­pen­dent sta­tus

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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