Fears for students’ welfare
I’ve had reports of children being fearful of being identified as attending the school — which is not a good outcome at all.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman is concerned about the welfare of Foundation Christian College students who are being ridiculed in the wake of reports a school teacher stopped a sevenyear-old student from talking about her dad and his gay relationship.
“My main concern is that the issue is not whipped into frenzy, which actually in the end impacts on all of the children who attend this school,” he said.
“I’ve had reports of children being fearful of being identified as attending the school — which is not a good outcome at all.
“This is a good school which delivers a very good education to its students and the principal is a good man.
“However, I believe the whole matter may have been better handled.”
The words “gay is the way” graffitied on the walls at the Greenfields school shine some light on the way some residents feel about the school banning the Year 1 student from talking about her gay parents.
As reported on Seven News Perth, the girl was voluntarily withdrawn from the school after principal Andrew Newhouse reportedly told the father his daughter’s application to attend the col- lege would never have been accepted if they had known he was gay.
In a statement, Mr Newhouse said the school board had a clear Christian world view which all parents were made aware of before enrolment was confirmed.
“While we respect the rights of others to hold different world views, the college has an obligation to the parents to maintain the Christian worldview in all aspects of the college,” he said.
Education Minister Peter Collier said FCC was a private, independent school with a right to a certain view of the world.
“However, in this day and age, I’d like to think society has moved on from this sort of thing,” he said.
“There has been no complaint made to the State Government or the Department of Education Services.
“Any complaint would need to be investigated by the Equal Opportunity Commissioner.”