Min­is­ter meets with school lead­ers on their own turf

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE national cur­ricu­lum, hu­man re­sources, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, dis­abil­ity is­sues in the class­room and red tape re­duc­tion were some of the top­ics dis­cussed dur­ing the prin­ci­pal fo­rum at Proser­pine State High School on Tues­day.

Queens­land Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter John-Paul Lang­broek sent an open in­vi­ta­tion to all pri­mary and high school prin­ci­pals in the Whit­sun­days to sit down and dis­cuss ed­u­ca­tion is­sues af­fect­ing the re­gion.

Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan said it was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the lead­ers of our schools to eye ball the min­is­ter on their own grounds.

“John-Paul is an ex­cel­lent min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion and I think this is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who are in charge of our schools to speak frankly and can­didly with the min­is­ter,” he said.

Proser­pine State High School prin­ci­pal Don McDer­mid said it was im­por­tant for the govern­ment to re­ceive feed­back about the is­sues af­fect­ing schools and stu­dents in the re­gion.

“We looked ex­ten­sively at cur­rent agen­das and how they af­fect the school com­mu­nity, the Gon­ski re­form and in­di­vid­ual is­sues sur­round­ing the cur­ricu­lum and dis­abil­ity agen­das,” he said.

Mr McDer­mid said it was now up to the govern­ment to utilise that feed­back to im­prove Queens­land’s re­gional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Mr Costi­gan said it was a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence hear­ing views of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both gov­ern- ment and non-govern­ment schools.

Dur­ing his visit to Proser­pine, Mr Lang­broek also awarded a cer­tifi­cate of con­grat­u­la­tions to Proser­pine State High School in recog­ni­tion of reach­ing their 50th an­niver­sary mile­stone.

“When I see young and pas­sion­ate year 12 stu­dents like those at Proser­pine, I have faith in the fu­ture of Queens­land,” Mr Lang­broek said.

PRIN­CI­PAL FO­RUM: Proser­pine State High School prin­ci­pal Don McDer­mid, Proser­pine State School act­ing prin­ci­pal San­dra Per­rett, Cannonvale State School prin­ci­pal An­gela Kelly, Queens­land Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter John-Paul Lang­broek, Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan and St Cather­ine's School prin­ci­pal Shayrn Bell joined to­gether to dis­cuss ed­u­ca­tion is­sues af­fect­ing the Whit­sun­day re­gion on Tues­day.

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