Stu­dents will bear brunt of ex­pan­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PAR­ENTS are con­cerned poor plan­ning by the State Govern­ment could af­fect cur­rent stu­dents at Shen­ton Col­lege and Church­lands Se­nior High School.

Shen­ton Col­lege par­ent Penny Tay­lor said she was con­cerned her son and other stu­dents could be dis­ad­van­taged as the schools jug­gled build­ing new fa­cil­i­ties and in­creas­ing en­rol­ments.

“I’m shocked by the an­nounce­ment that there will be no new school in the western sub­urbs un­til 2027 - the Govern­ment knows how crowded the schools al­ready are,” she said.

“To get to 2016, one year af­ter the move for Year 7s to at­tend high school, and still not have a plan is un­be­liev­able.”

She said the schools were al­ready do­ing an ex­cel­lent job, but was con­cerned how staff would cope with a greatly in­creased level of plan­ning.

“With a son in Year 8 at Shen­ton Col­lege, this an­nounce­ment means that be­fore he fin­ishes high school, his school will not only need to jug­gle the needs and pri­or­i­ties of its stu­dents, it will also need to work on the man­age­ment of build­ing works, new teach­ing and sup­port staff and new ar­range­ments for lunch and the can­teen,” she said.

“School stu­dents don’t have time to be messed around by the Govern­ment’s poor plan­ning.”

Op­po­si­tion Ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman Sue Ellery claimed the State Govern­ment had dropped the ball.

“I’ve been speak­ing with par­ents from the western sub­urbs and they want cer­tainty about a new sec­ondary school and they are wor­ried about send­ing their kids to a school with over 3000 kids,” she said.

“This is a prob­lem of the Govern­ment’s own mak­ing.”

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