Students will bear brunt of expansion
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.”