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First you close some schools, then you open some schools

By johnboy - 11 March 2007 85

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s “consulting” about opening some new schools.

Mr Barr said tenders have been called for a consultancy to undertake the master planning for a new senior secondary college in Gungahlin, and for a project manager for the new west Belconnen School.

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First you close some schools, then you open some schools
nyssa76 11:18 pm 12 Mar 07

Now Mael, that wouldn’t be very “PC” now would it?

Maelinar 8:40 pm 12 Mar 07

Bring back the cane.

nyssa76 5:57 pm 12 Mar 07

This Govt cares nothing for the educational wellbeing of students, or they wouldn’t have closed the behavioural units (to allow teachers to actually teach a class than deal with 1 violent student) and shafted the community re: Towards 2020 aka a pathetic, hastily put together policy.

louise 3:50 pm 12 Mar 07

O nyssa76, everyone knows that super schools will solve everything. They must! The govt. is pushing so hard for them. They have to be the answer. Surely the govt. wouldn’t be focusing on cost rather than educational and social outcomes?

nyssa76 1:41 pm 12 Mar 07

Super schools aren’t the “be all end all” of educational policy.

louise 12:56 pm 12 Mar 07

Sounds reasonable to me too. Close a heap of good schools, sell off the land, pay out an election budget, and build new schools in new suburbs to make it look like you have an education policy.

Just remember, these flash new super-schools had better be able to withstand a single super-hailstorm… And what will happen in 30 years time when the population is super-old? Can we cram them all into super-retirement homes?

The social consequences are, as we know, not a consideration.

boomacat 11:38 am 12 Mar 07

sounds like reasonable consolidation to me…close down a whole lot of small school and open one large central school.

snahon 9:48 am 12 Mar 07

If only Barrs left hand knew what his right hand was doing. He should be careful not to blow it too early (the budget for it that is) or else he may end up with a GDE style budget leaking everywhere.

seepi 9:27 am 12 Mar 07

Here’s a radical idea – why not have a school in both Dickson AND Gunghalin?

Gunghalin is a fair hike from say Campbell, and Dickson is a fair distance from Amaroo.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:48 am 12 Mar 07

“consulting” with teachers and parents

Dickson college teachers / parents: Boo!
Gunghalin teachers / parents: Yay!

There – all done.

captainwhorebags 7:39 am 12 Mar 07

Mind you, if facing the electorate doesn’t seem like a fun prospect, all the Soviet has to do is extend the terms.

What a ****ing joke of a democracy.

captainwhorebags 7:38 am 12 Mar 07

Why bother consulting with teachers or parents? Neither group are going to tell him what he wants to hear.

The next chance for community consultation appears to be at the ballot box.

nyssa76 7:12 am 12 Mar 07

There isn’t a need. Most kids go to Dickson or Lake Ginninderra and have for 10 years.

I wonder if he’s actually considered “consulting” with teachers and parents. That would be a first.

LIC 12:14 am 12 Mar 07

Not entirely unreasonable. After all, just because you don’t need a school in say Dickson, doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for a new one in Gungahlin.

miz 11:14 pm 11 Mar 07


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