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Tuesday, 23 November 1965

Mr J R Fraser ser asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What public primary schools and what public high schools in Canberra are still without assembly halls?

2.   In each case, when will assembly halls be provided?

3.   Can he say whether education authorities now regard assembly halls as an essential requirement in modern primary and high schools?

Mr Anthony - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows -

Primary and secondary schools are generally constructed in stages as an area develops. In infants and primary schools two general purpose rooms arc provided, one in the infants' department and one in the primary department, either of which can of course be used for assembly purposes. At high schools assembly halls are considered essentia] in the ultimate development of the school but these are not necessarily provided in the first stage of construction. All existing primary schools have general purpose rooms and all but two high schools, namely Watson and Campbell, have assembly halls. At present the two latter schools have only first and second year students totalling about 300 at each school. The ultimate development of each school will provide for students in each year up to sixth year with a total enrolment of over 1,000 students. An assembly hall will be provided at each in due course as the school develops.

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