Dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence

Canning Times - - NEWS -

SHEL­LEY Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Gil­lian Mur­gia says they are ex­cited to be one of the state’s new in­de­pen­dent pub­lic schools.

The school was one of 42 pub­lic schools to be granted in­de­pen­dence from 2019.

The move to in­de­pen­dence gives prin­ci­pals flex­i­bil­ity on im­por­tant mat­ters such as staff re­cruit­ment, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, gov­er­nance and ac­count­abil­ity.

Ms Mur­gia said in­de­pen­dent gov­er­nance would al­low the school to make more im­por­tant de­ci­sions based on lo­cal com­mu­nity needs.

“It will re­move bar­ri­ers, and pro­vide more au­ton­omy and say over our school’s day-to-day func­tions,” she said.

“It gives my­self as the prin­ci­pal a sense of em­pow­er­ment and be­ing bet­ter able to cater for the spe­cific needs of our stu­dents.”

Bent­ley Pri­mary School and Can­ning­ton Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre were the two other schools within the City of Can­ning that will be­come in­de­pen­dent pub­lic schools in 2019.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell Shel­ley Pri­mary School’s Elodie Forneris, Beau Sowyer, Kyla Squir­res, Michael Varugh­ese, deputy prin­ci­pal Chris Leeuwangh and Bo­tond Nev­eri.

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