In­de­pen­dent model for Nan­nup high school

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

We are en­sur­ing chil­dren’s learn­ing, wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment is the driv­ing force of all de­ci­sions.” Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery

Nan­nup District High School is one of 42 new schools an­nounced to be­come in­de­pen­dently run in 2019. The school has joined a list of 573 in­de­pen­dent pub­lic schools in WA.

Nan­nup District High School prin­ci­pal Felic­ity Dear said the change to an in­de­pen­dent school would be a good op­por­tu­nity.

“We had to look at how it would benefit our stu­dents, staff and whole com­mu­nity,” she said.

“A teacher, Lia Szalma, our school’s coun­cil chair­per­son Dr Paul Mur­ray and I went to a meet­ing about be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent school and dis­cussed rea­sons as to why we should change with staff and school coun­cil.”

Ms Dear said they handed the fi­nal say to the staff and school coun­cil mem­bers, who over­all voted in sup­port of the mo­tion.

Af­ter the pos­i­tive re­ac­tion, Ms Dear and school coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Wyn­coll pre­sented the rea­sons for change to a panel who then de­cided Nan­nup District High School should be­come in­de­pen­dent.

“There will be more au­ton­omy in plan­ning and de­ci­sion mak­ing that will help our school be more flex­i­ble to benefit our stu­dents,” Ms Dear said. The school will have in­creased free­dom in in­volv­ing cur­rent staff, stu­dents and the com­mu­nity in the way the school will func­tion.

“We’ll be able to tweak our pro­grams, which helps with our free­dom to make de­ci­sions to fit the school’s needs,” she said.

Hir­ing new staff is also in­cluded in de­ci­sions the school will have con­trol over.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said WA has led the coun­try in giv­ing com­mu­ni­ties and schools more say in stu­dent ed­u­ca­tion. “By help­ing schools and com­mu­ni­ties come to­gether, we are en­sur­ing chil­dren’s learn­ing, wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment is the driv­ing force of all de­ci­sions,” she said.

This is the sev­enth group of schools to be­come in­de­pen­dent in WA since the ini­tia­tive was first an­nounced in 2009.

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