Indigenous Students Will Be Disadvantaged by Mt. Neighbour PS Closure

Closure of Mt Neighbour Primary School will mean the demise of a school community that has for decades embraced its indigenous students, their families and their culture.

The Canberra Social Plan talks about achieving sustained improvement in access, equity and participation for the people of the ACT.

It promises to protect the rights of all Canberrans, to provide more equity for the disadvantaged, to educate children in a safe, healthy, cohesive community, and to promote reconciliation.

The Towards 2020 plan puts all of these ideals at risk, by forcing our families to travel outside of their local community and place their children in schools further from home. Continue reading “Indigenous Students Will Be Disadvantaged by Mt. Neighbour PS Closure”

Call to Avoid Massive Disruption to Schools

The Save Our Schools Canberra group today called on the ACT Government to urgently resolve the teachers’ dispute and initiate an inquiry into the financial and social impact of the Towards 2020 plan.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the combination of the continuing industrial dispute and the school closure plans threatens massive disruption for government schools at the beginning of the 2007 school year if the Government doesn’t act soon on both issues. Continue reading “Call to Avoid Massive Disruption to Schools”

SOS Calls for Full Enrolment Figures

The Save Our Schools Canberra group today called on the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to release the full enrolment application figures for high schools in 2007. SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, criticised the Minister for releasing only selective figures. Continue reading “SOS Calls for Full Enrolment Figures”

More Shonky Figures From the Minister?

Save Our Schools Canberra today questioned the figures released by the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, showing that enrolments in government high schools have increased.

SOS Canberra spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the increase more likely reflects parent uncertainty about the future of many schools under the Towards 2020 plan. Continue reading “More Shonky Figures From the Minister?”

The Faces of Public Education – North-West Belconnen media event

This is an event to publicise our support for our schools. The theme is that we love our schools and would like to keep them the way they are! The event was initially for schools in the NW Belconnen cluster, but has now been widened to include all schools, preschools and colleges who want to be involved. Continue reading “The Faces of Public Education – North-West Belconnen media event”

Minister Fails to Meet Legal Obligations on School Closures Information

The Save Our Schools group said today that the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, has failed to meet statutory obligations to provide parents with statements of reasons for schools being listed for closure.

SOS spokesperson, Dr. Ian Morgan, said that the Minister had failed to comply with the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1989, and his Government has shown contempt not only for the school parent community, but also for the Legislative Assembly and ACT law. Continue reading “Minister Fails to Meet Legal Obligations on School Closures Information”

Obesity, pollution: the cost of school closures

Giralang Primary school is slated for closure next year, which would end their popular walk-to-school program.

The Walking School Bus (WSB) is a fun, safe and active way for kids to walk to school. One volunteer ‘drives’ at the front of the bus, while another parent supervises at the rear. Each ‘bus’ walks along a set route. Kids join at designated ‘stops’ and walk to school as a group. Continue reading “Obesity, pollution: the cost of school closures”