En­thu­si­asm for new lo­cal school

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

FOR­MER City Beach High School prin­ci­pal Ian Lil­lico says it is vi­tal that another public high school opens in the western sub­urbs.

Mr Lil­lico was prin­ci­pal of City Beach High School when it was closed due to de­clin­ing stu­dent num­bers in 2005, but said he had fond mem­o­ries from his time at the school.

“I am glad to hear that the gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing open­ing another school in the western sub­urbs,” Mr Lil­lico said.

“It would make a lot of sense to use the City Beach site as it had quite a num­ber of ma­jor ren­o­va­tions and is still to be used for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses for many years to come.

“I be­lieve that the school is re­ally needed and can of­fer so much to lo­cal res­i­dents.”

Shen­ton Col­lege prin­ci­pal Michael Mor­gan said in the past, many par­ents would send their chil­dren to a public pri­mary school and then a pri­vate se­nior school, but he said the ma­jor­ity now stay at the public school un­til Year 12.

“There is a need for a large high school to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant choice,” Mr Mor­gan said.

City Beach res­i­dent Nena Snooks said Shen­ton Col­lege and Church­lands Se­nior High School were burst­ing at the seams with the in­creas­ing stu­dent num­bers.

“I was amazed they even closed down City Beach High School in the first place,” Ms Snooks said.

“Pri­vate school fees are be­com­ing pro­hib­i­tive and re­sults from schools like Shen­ton Col­lege and Church­lands show how suc­cess­ful public schools can be.

“We’ve lived in the area for more than 40 years - I think it’s great for the area.”

Ms Snooks said she thought the old drive-in site would be an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion for the new school.

For­mer prin­ci­pal Ian Lil­lico at City Beach High School in the 1990s.

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