As a result of the first public forum on the issue, held in early 2006, with 200 people in attendance, the SKYHigh (Seddon, Kingsville, Yarraville) Working Group was formed with an aim to investigate the need for the establishment of a state secondary school to service families in the SKY and surrounding areas.
Since this time, a group of parents and community members developed and implemented the SKYHigh Survey that was distributed in August 2007 to users of SKY and surrounding areas childcare centres, kindergartens and primary schools.
Results from this survey were collated released to the public, in conjunction with relevant data from 2006 census figures, at the 29 October 2007 forum. A picture was painted that represents not only the groundswell of support from the local community but population growth, particularly with 35% increase in births, within the under-serviced SKY area.
However, the Western Metropolitan Region of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development continued to insist that sufficient secondary college places could be offered with existing infrastructure.
The SkyHigh Working Group released a 47-page report which clearly demonstrated the need for a new secondary school, using the most recent demographic figures and estimates. With the evident baby boom, demand will exceed supply by 2013. Moreover, most SKY students must currently travel more than 6km to the nearest public secondary college, which exceeds the state recommendations for an urban locality. At least half of SKY parents would consider moving to a different suburb to be closer to a school, which creates uncertainty and instability.
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Stakeholder forum with Western Metropolitan region school principals, SKYHigh representatives, and local politicians met and discussed potential solutions to the need for a local high school in SKY with a view to presenting options to the community in early 2011.
Change of Government. Back to re-establishing the need for a local high school.
SKYHigh representatives met with the Education Minister, who commissioned a 3rd study by independent consultants, Spatial Vision.
Third independent consultant’s provision report completed.
SKYHigh submitted response to provision report and awaiting meeting with Minister Dixon.
“All I Want for Christmas is a Local High School” campaign launch.
Facts from 2007 survey
- 249 families, representing 445 children responded to the 2007 SKYHigh survey
- 53% describe a local school as being < 2km from their current place of residence
- The most frequent attributes listed as families top 10 secondary college attributes to consider are:
- Range of VCE subjects/curriculum (55% or 137 families)
- Close location (50% or 125 families)
- 87% families consider being a Govt school is an important attribute
- 97% (232 families) said that they would consider sending their children to a local secondary college if available (64% or 154 families definitely would)
- 51% (or 119 families) are considering re-locating to maximise secondary college options for their children
- A further 10% (23 families) have already decided to re-locate.
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