Thursday, 5 October 2017
FAMILIES in Armidale are being invited to add their voices to the discussion about the city’s new high school, which is due to open at the start of 2021.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today encouraged interested members of the community to register for an upcoming focus group meeting next Thursday, 12 October, or provide feedback via an update to the website for the ‘future school’.
“With the new future high school a $65 million blank slate – this feedback will be instrumental in guiding the future of education in the city,” Mr Marshall said.
“Since August, the NSW Department of Education has held 16 community engagement sessions, with parents, students and the broader community giving feedback on their priorities in the development of the new campus.
“Two upcoming focus groups will hold discussions with the Aboriginal community and educators, as well as the parents of students with disabilities to ensure the needs and expectations of both groups are addressed.
“There’s also scope for more focus groups for other aspects of the community, if there is demand. The Department of Education is keen to ensure everyone can have a say.
“I’m also encouraging students, current and future parents, and the broader community to give feedback via the new online feedback hub.”
Deputy Principal and Project Liaison Officer Kristene Croft said the Department was looking for feedback on all levels of the redevelopment – from the design of ‘bricks and mortar’ down to the name itself.
“We’re looking for people’s ideas and opinions on every aspect of the school, from the facilities and how the heritage of the existing Armidale and Duval High Schools should be recognised through to the uniform and school name,” Mrs Croft said.
“The feedback hub makes it very easy for people to see the information available about the process and to share ideas, photos and comments, to join the discussion, and to vote.
“The platform’s first job is to help choose a name for the school. We have a list of names in development, and we’d love people to vote on their favourites and give us feedback about the options, as well as making any additional suggestions.”
Students at the existing Duval and Armidale High Schools will attend Duval High School from Term 1 2019 while the new school is built on the existing Armidale High School campus.
To vote and provide feedback on proposed names and other aspects of planning for the school, click the “Have Your Say” tab on www.armidalefutureschool.com.au
Community Focus Session Details
At the Department of Education Leadership Centre, 175 Rusden Street, Armidale
Aboriginal Education Services and Community Focus Group
Thursday, 12 October 2017 – 12pm-1:30pm
Disability Support Needs – Parent Focus Group
Thursday, 12 October 2017 – 4pm-5:30pm
MEDIA: Will Kelly 0447 386 645