Declaration of independence
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.