The SKY High Working group today welcomed today’s $15 million commitment by the Victorian Opposition to establish an education precinct including Footscray City Primary, Victoria University, Nicholson Street campus and Footscray City College following the results of a feasibility and master planning process.
President of the SKY High Working Group, Melissa Horne, said Labor had developed an innovative policy that would not only create a great new school for local kids but also had the potential to make local children more aware of a broad range of educational pathways including TAFE and university.
“Without a doubt this is the best plan anyone has ever come up with for children living in our local area,” Ms Horne said.
“It is great that we are being listened to and we welcome this plan for a significant investment in our local community for our local school kids.
“We hope all candidates standing for Footscray or Williamstown at this year’s state election will support this exciting new proposal.”
Ms Horne said the plan was particularly attractive because of the opportunities created through an education precinct that included kindergarten, primary, secondary, tertiary and even post-tertiary students and their educators working with each other.
“This vision will provide a range of opportunities for students of all ages and provide access to facilities that would not otherwise be available,” Ms Horne said.
Ms Horne said the proposal matched SKY High’s values which were endorsed at its most recent Annual General Meeting:
We are a community group working towards increased public, all inclusive secondary college places in Melbourne’s inner west that will benefit all children in SKY and surrounding school communities. This is an issue about school location and improving opportunities and pathways for all children.
Ms Horne said SKY would expect an active role in the planning and development process, and would represent the interests of SKY High’s 1200 members. She said SKY High also hopes to work collaboratively with other schools in the local community, including Footscray City College and Footscray Primary School.
“We recognise that while this proposal is at the northern edge of the our community, it is only a six minute bike ride from Yarraville Station and 10 minute bike ride from Kingsville,” Ms Horne said.
Anyone wanting to show their support for a new high school option for kids in the Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville area should go to www.skyhigh.org.au or https://www.facebook.com/sky.high.now or @sky_high_now