School site dis­ap­point­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JULIAN WRIGHT

TOWN of Cam­bridge mayor Keri Shannon ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that an al­ter­nate site for a new western sub­urbs high school was not yet iden­ti­fied.

“The Town is very dis­ap­pointed that the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment and the In­ter­na­tional School of WA have been un­able to reach a mu­tu­ally suit­able agree­ment on the re­lo­ca­tion of the In­ter­na­tional School to an al­ter­nate site,” she said.

“The for­mer City Beach high school is a large se­nior school site that can be rel­a­tively eas­ily adapted to cater for the re­turn of lo­cal sec­ondary stu­dents. It was the Town’s pre­ferred site and we had in­di­cated to the Depart­ment we would work with them to de­velop new ac­cess points to the site in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter ac­cess from Oceanic Drive thereby re­liev­ing con­ges­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents.”

Mrs Shannon said ex­pand­ing Shen­ton Col­lege and Church­lands Se­nior High School to ac­com­mo­date an ad­di­tional 1000 stu­dents was a very poor out­come for the par­ents and stu­dents.

“It commits thou­sands of stu­dents to a sec­ondary school ed­u­ca­tion which will be marred with the ev­ery­day rou­tine of com­mut­ing to and from school, in­stead of en­cour­ag­ing them to re­main ac­tive and walk to lo­cal school fa­cil­i­ties,” she said.

“The cen­tral­i­sa­tion of school re­sources is in­cred­i­bly short-sighted; this will fur­ther in­crease the con­ges­tion on our roads.

“There should be an out­cry from par­ents in the western sub­urbs.”

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