Have a say on education

October 11, 2017

Victorian Government Education Minister James Merlino and Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed.

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed is urging as many people as possible to engage in the Shepparton Education Plan’s community workshops this week before submissions close on Sunday.

The Shepparton Education Plan is part of the Victorian Government’s long-term plan to transform the education system.

It is in the phase 2 stage which is focusing on public secondary schools Shepparton High School, Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College and McGuire College.

The findings from the initial community engagement phase have presented several options, including the development of two state-of-the-art secondary school campuses for the region with a focus on providing more technical skills.

‘‘The Shepparton Education Plan is more than just the possibility of new buildings,’’ Ms Sheed, who is the co-chair of the Shepparton Education Plan, said.

‘‘It also has a major focus on teacher development and new thinking when it comes to education.

‘‘I’ll be attending a number of the sessions including the Mooroopna one and am encouraging people to come along and learn what these options might mean for Mooroopna.

If you go to a one- or two-model campus, a secondary college in Mooroopna may not be an option.

‘‘There will be discussions around significant investment in early childhood services, particularly in Mooroopna, and we want to engage with people working in early childhood, kindergarten and primary schools about what they think is best for the community.

‘‘These workshops will look at some of the four options presented in August.

‘‘The strong options were based closely on the Dandenong model, where three high schools merged and there was a model of schools within schools.’’

Ms Sheed said feedback so far from parents, teachers and students and school communities was quite positive about the education plan.

‘‘This plan addresses a long-term option, our children’s future.

‘‘We know education is greatest opportunity you can give people, and with that it’s important to have your say.’’

This is the second community engagement phase with submissions closing on Sunday.

The findings will be presented in November.

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