Media Release 9 Aug 2012

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SKYHigh Working Group media release

9th August 2012

 

SKYHigh survey launch

The Seddon, Kingsville, Yarraville (SKY) High Working Group (WG) is launching a new survey of the community to determine the demand for a local high school.

SKYHigh WG is hoping to get as many families as possible to complete the survey to obtain an accurate view of how many families would attend a local high school.  The group has a membership of over 1,300 families and is calling on these families to complete the survey.

The survey focuses on the lack of a local high school in Melbourne’s inner west, with the objective being to understand what proportion of children would attend a local high school.

SKYHigh WG spokesperson Janine Lloyd says that “currently students from Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville have to travel at least 5km to the nearest high school.  Our students are further from a public, co-educational high school than any other secondary student in Melbourne”.

Ms. Lloyd says that “we already have evidence of the need for public schooling in SKY“.  Currently four in five children from the local primary schools in Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville attend a public high school despite the closest one being five kilometres away.

The previous SKYHigh WG survey found that 64% of families would definitely send their child to a local high school and 97% of SKY families would consider sending their child to a local high school.

This survey is timely as members of the Working Group are expecting to meet with Education Minister Mr. Martin Dixon in the next couple of months to discuss findings from the SKYHigh secondary college provision report.  The results from the survey will be presented to Minister Dixon to help demonstrate the strong support our parents have for public education in this area.

The survey will be distributed to local primary schools, kinders and child care centres and will also be available on the SKYHigh website and facebook.

SKYHigh WG will be holding an AGM at 8pm on Monday 27th August at the Yarraville Club in Stephen St Yarraville.   Ms Lloyd added, “please come along to hear an update on progress.  We are looking for new members to help with the next phase of our campaign”.

For further SKYHigh information, please see www.skyhigh.org.au or email info@skyhigh.org.au. Media Enquiries:  Janine Lloyd m: 0424 646 595 e: davenene@optusnet.com.au