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No Super School after all?

By johnboy 5 December 2005 5

The Canberra Times brings news that the planned Holt mega school now looks unlikely to happen as it turns out there aren’t the students to fill it.

The new plan seems to involve demountable classrooms and relies on the Molonglo Valley development to feed in the numbers.

Looks like a very cunning piece of expectations management.

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nyssa76 8:22 pm 07 Dec 05

Well in my meeting today GDHS was talked about again, as was the proposed Gungahlin College (2007-10ish). The decision on GDHS will be made on January 20th but it looks like there will be a legal challenge. I can’t go into that any further or my arse is grass.

They are also looking at “closing” several schools (all un-named) due to small student numbers, when this happens, is anyone’s guess but it has to do with the Status Review that will be run next year within the department.

So it could be that there are several less Govt primary and high schools by 2007/8.

Gotta love it.

ssanta 12:35 pm 06 Dec 05

Demountable classrooms? Perhaps a gypsy style school where each morning the educational caravan pulls up a sutiable spot anywhere on the Northside? The Music curriclum would be top notch, so would metal work, begging, performing arts, foreign languages and genocide.

areaman 11:08 am 06 Dec 05

Meanwhile, Mrs Tullis has criticised the length of the Government’s consultation process on the development.

Ha, damned if you do damned if you don’t. There’s just no pleasing some people.

I’m guessing GDH is going to close no matter what (as it was to small to stay open anyway and now half the students have tranfered out).

Thumper 9:42 pm 05 Dec 05

Hmmmm, not long ago the super school was all but complete. We heard long and winded reasons how it was going to be the best thing for childrens education and how it was the way of the future.

Now a change of heart.

I’d hate to be cynical but a little bird keeps whispering to me, “91 million dollar deficit”

But then again, it could have been the public outcry.

Having said that, I like Stanhope’s new idea for a sort of $20 million convention centre in the Parliamentary triangle. Well, at least I think it was his idea. If not, then at least he’s behind it.

nyssa76 7:11 pm 05 Dec 05

I have a meeting on Wednesday morning and this will most likely come up. I’ll post the “details” (well as much as I can) on Wednesday afternoon.

However, it doesn’t surprise me that they don’t have the “numbers”. So does the school close at the end of the year anyway? The teaching transfer round is out on Thursday, so I’ll most likely post something about that too.

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