UPDATE FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL 14TH NOVEMBER 2011

Last Tuesday , School Council officially met and parent councilors submitted their second response to the Western Region (on Wednesday). Our focus for both was:-

i)               making sure that all the right support, advice and services where available for the whole school until the end of this year

ii)             ensuring quality programs remained at the school next year, for those who will stay

iii)            signaling the need for proper support in the transition for those kids who are leaving or transferring

iv)           highlighting the need for ongoing parent involvement in the governance of the school next year

 

On Sat night, parent councilors met to review the community’s progress thus far and determine next steps. Our objective remains to meet with the Minister to solve this situation. We remain convinced that he is able to because

 

  1. He has publically endorsed dual stream education for the west
  2. His government wants more independence for schools
  3. This process has lacked transparency and accountability.

 As a community, our focus now shifts to the following

  1.  Progressing our FOI, Ombudsman, Child Commissioner, VCAT and other official and legal avenues to institute accountability and transparency. eMail SaveFCPS  if you would like to help.
  2. Encouraging all parents to access the counseling that has been reinstated by the DEECD due to demand by the community. This is a great opportunity to explain how you are feeling and what you would like for the children before the year is out. Ring the school to make an appointment.
  3. Asking everyone to write to the Minister asking that he meet with representatives of the current council to resolve this urgently for our children. See suggested point to include below.

 As a council, we are humbled by the level of support and energy you are all throwing into this. As we have been put here to protect the interests of the children at this school, we remain steadfast in our determination to get a solution. We will keep you updated on any developments.

Thank you,

 FCPS Parent Council

 Suggested Points to raise with the minister

 Dear Minister Dixon,

Process has lacked transparency and accountability

Is having an adverse effect on the children

Meet to ensure that is an ongoing parent voice in the governance of the school

Find a solution for a dual stream school in the west

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One response to “UPDATE FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL 14TH NOVEMBER 2011

  1. What was the reasoning behind this decision by the ministry? Who is being served by this decision? How is it possible for an attractive public educational option to be made available, to be widely taken up over a period of 10 years and then have it arbitrarily removed with minimal notice. Decisions like this can only be effected by powerful people with an agenda acting with no regard for democratic ideals. Who are these individuals? Where do they get their agenda?

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