19 August 2005

Government thinks twice about mega-school

| Kerces
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The Canberra Times brings us the news that the government has hired an independent consultant to look at other options for building the Ginninderra mega-school.

This would appear to be in response to much community concern as well as a meeting with the Ginninderra District High School Parents and Citizens Association.

The P&C outlined three alternative proposals that would mean Ginninderra High would not have to be closed for the three years the new school is being built. These were to build the school where Higgins Primary currently is, to build it on the playing fields across the road from Ginninderra High or to build it on the other end of the Ginninderra campus so the buildings already there do not have to be demolished immediately.

Also in the story (but not completely in the version that’s made it onto the net) were concerns about where Ginninderra students would go to school. In the initial announcement about the mega-school, Ms Gallagher said the department would make sure the students would get a place in another school of their choice while the construction of the new school took place.

However, parents are now saying that some high schools in the area are strongly discouraging their kids from applying since they are almost at capacity anyway. Ms Gallagher denied this was the case, saying she had not received any reports about anything like this.

Also left out of the online version are Vicki Dunne’s comments about the whole business.

“This is a clear indication that the Government has got the whole process wrong,” she said. “They rushed into closing the school down this year and they’ve hit a snag.”

She called for the government to stop all plans for the immediate closure and to have “proper consultation” witht he community about what would be best for education in West Belconnen.

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Your teacher probably should have left you in there.

Maybe you should change your name to “Class Rabbit”.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart10:29 pm 19 Aug 05

Now that I think about it, it was more of a caged basket than a hutch…kind of like a cat transporter thingy…for all I knew at the time, it quite possibly was. Anyways, it was often used for our class rabbits, we had two, and they couldn’t really move much in there.

The teacher wasn’t impressed, I was though. The class found it amusing.

How big was said rabbit hutch Sam?

Samuel Gordon-Stewart4:45 pm 19 Aug 05

Add the opinion that sorbolene cream fixes EVERYTHING to that list and you have my year three teacher…same one who got annoyed about me getting into a rabbit hutch.

SGS, I had a two page word document ready to go on that entire topic, ready for cut and paste into here but decided against it at the last minute.

It went along the concept of the kind of teachers who’s idea of fashion involved ‘grey’, ‘voluminous’ and ‘flapping’, and their leftist tendencies being unceremoniously dumped upon 1500+ young minds instead of 300-, and the resultant devestation from them taping up all those little mouths the next time the government tells the teaching staff they can’t have a 30% payrise, parents cutting sick at that and the resultant government flexible back yoga that will occur.

But then I deleted it because I thought nobody wanted to hear me go on about that at all.

I’d rather go on about traffic being already borderline shit in Canberra, even though we have good superstructure, local infrastructure is left wanting (big feeders, small distributors). Putting in a superschool will only contribute to the problem.

Well that’s just my well worn thoughts on the matter anyway.

I wonder what a ‘proper consultation’ really is?

Samuel Gordon-Stewart12:50 pm 19 Aug 05

I would imagine that building a school right next to another school would be very noisy and drive many teachers to drink…the options are all bad, why build a super school at all?

Keeping the school where it is in Kippax would certainly be a start.

I’m hoping to fill it with mini Maelinars in the immediate future.

There’s also more of the same about this on the ABC site.

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