Plan for a school of their own

Plan for a school of their own

By CHARLENE MACAULAY
31st July 2012 09:49:33 AM
THE SKYHigh Working Group is confident its need for more high school places will be recognised after the State Government expanded places at a Coburg high school.

The group, which is pushing for a high school within the Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville (SKY) region, were buoyed by news that Coburg Senior High School would be extended to a year 7-12 high school after a lengthy campaign by a community group.

SKYHigh spokesperson Janine Lloyd said the announcement was fantastic news for the public education system.

“It is important that the State Government has acted on the obvious need to increase secondary college places so that children have a local high school to attend,” Ms Lloyd said.

The SKY area used to be served by the Footscray Yarraville High School and a Catholic High School until the early 1990s, when they were shut down by the Kennett Government.

Recent SKYHigh research found four out of five of last year’s Grade 6 students in the area are now enrolled in a public high school – despite the closest one being five kilometres away.

Of the four public primary schools in the SKY area, two now have zoning restrictions, and a third manages rising enrolments by implementing a neighbourhood policy.

The SKYHigh Working Group is considering a range of rallies and public outings to tie in with new population data that is due to come out in coming weeks to get the State Government moving on a new high school for the SKY area.