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Kaleen High: Perhaps it’s time to close?

By Big_Ed 25 October 2013 23

For the past 10 years Kaleen High School’s enrolments have been dropping steadily and steeply. If you walk past the play area at lunch now you will see only a couple of dozen kids and in the corridors, I am told, it’s quite sparse during lesson changes. Even the canteen I am also told is becoming no longer viable. My friend who works there has put in for the transfer round because based on enrolments for next year she says it is going to be hell for teachers. It appears that next year staff will again be cut and the remaining staff will have to take up the slack and provide the same level of service. A level already unnecessarily inflated.

You see, in a desperate attempt to attract new enrolments, the principal has over-reached by attempting to offer every ad hoc program under the sun, some as fanciful as a circus and ukulele programs (I kid you not). Even a somewhat cynical re-branding of the school with the prefix University of Canberra has had no effect. Enrolments however continue to drop but now the staff are exhausted and are trying to flee the sinking ship.

Kaleen High is a large building, built for 700 plus kids, it has a running costs in the millions and is now populated by only a handful of kids. Per child they are costing tax payers more than any others in the ACT. However given diminishing staff numbers,  fanciful expectations and low morale amongst the staff it seems the kids are doing no better. So maybe now is the time we bite the bullet and say, “Kaleen High School, perhaps it’s time to close”.

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localmum 12:39 pm 24 Jul 14

We have kids there – they love it, our year 8 girl wouldn’t swap her “lovely little school” for anything. Lots of positives, eg teachers know the kids, small size allows for flexibility. As a current parent of the school I’d be more than happy to recommend it.

Kelly74 12:15 am 29 Oct 13

I found Mr Fowler’s comments very disappointing and I agree hysterical. Mr Fowler felt fit to attack the person not the issue which I personally find gutless. If we’ve learned anything from the unions in the past 6 year it is that leakers are only despicable and gutless if they are not your leaker. Please Mr Fowler, write some new material and stop posting these asinine union handbook retorts.

sepi 5:18 pm 27 Oct 13

LYneham High is already getting fussy about taking out-of-area kids, due to getting full, so I dont’ think they’ll want extras if Kaleen were closed.

they need to find a way to stay viable until the population explosion hits high school in a few years.

Maybe they could target Gungahlin area kids – Lots of people don’t want their kids at the superschool and are looking at private.

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