Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests

    All schools to provide education for students in the Mid-West for Term 2

    20/04/2021 6:00 AM
    • Tireless work has meant students in the Mid-West can continue their learning despite the devastation of Cyclone Seroja
    • Students at 46 schools in the Mid-West to start Term 2
    • Laptops and work packages have been distributed to affected schools to maintain continuity of learning 

    Education is open for all students in the Mid-West today thanks to the work of education staff.


    Significant work throughout last week has meant that 44 of 46 public schools in the Mid-West have now been cleared of cyclone damage by the Department of Finance.


    Alternative learning arrangements will be provided for students enrolled at Binnu Primary School and Kalbarri District High School, until these sites can reopen safely.


    Binnu Primary School students are learning from the Binnu Town Hall with school supplies sent in from Perth.


    Senior students at Kalbarri District High School studying ATAR will be provided with laptops and internet dongles, and they will be taught at the Kalbarri Allen Centre.


    All other students from Kalbarri District High School will be provided with hard copy or digital work packages and will be supported by staff to learn from home today (April 20) or at the Kalbarri Allen Centre on a modified timetable from Wednesday, April 21. These work packages can be collected between 10:30am and 12:30pm today.


    Families who have relocated because of cyclone damage to their homes are encouraged to get in contact with the Department of Education via the helpline (1800 882 345 from 8am to 8pm) so that arrangements can be made to provide hard copy or digital work packages to students.


    Any staff and parents of affected schools that have questions or need advice are also welcome to call the helpline.


    Principals are communicating with their staff and parents, and a team of school psychologists, chaplains and experienced collegiate principals are on the ground to provide additional support.


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "Our focus is ensuring that students in the Mid-West are not disadvantaged by the damage caused by Cyclone Seroja.


    "While school will look a little differently for some students, the quick work by staff at the Department of Education means they will be learning using laptops and work packages sent from Perth.


    "We understand this is a challenging time for many families so parents can make the decision about how they want their child to learn this week. That may be at home, with others at the Kalbarri Allen Centre, or at another location wherever they may be staying."


    Minister's office - 6552 5700