Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett

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    Ejanding students to move to Dowerin District High School

    14/11/2000 2:30 PM
     
    14/11/00

    Ejanding students will move to Dowerin District High School next year, after the closure of the local primary school because of declining enrolments.

    Education Minister Colin Barnett said today Ejanding Primary School parents supported the closure of the school at the end of the year.

    Mr Barnett said the relocation would give the students greater education opportunities and choices.

    “Relocating the children to a larger school will mean they have access to increased curriculum choice, greater access to specialist teaching staff and additional educational resources,” he said.

    “Students will also have the opportunity to interact socially with children of their own age at the larger school in Dowerin.”

    Mr Barnett said an extensive community consultation program, through the Local Area Education Planning process, was undertaken in Ejanding before parents made the recommendation the school should close.

    “Parents know that very small schools provide limited social and educational opportunities for their children,” he said.

    The Minister said the principal of Dowerin District High School would work with Midlands District Director Rod Lowther and the school community to ensure the transition of students from Ejanding to Dowerin was as smooth as possible.

    “Mr Lowther will establish an implementation committee, which will include parents, to support the students as they move schools,” Mr Barnett said.

    “A plan for Ejanding students to be transported to Dowerin will now be finalised.

    “In addition, parents of children currently enrolled at Ejanding Primary School from Pre-primary to Year 6, will receive a re-location allowance of $200.

    “This will help them with their child’s enrolment at the alternative Government primary school next year.”

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