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Minister urges ACT parents to play active role



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M I N I S T E R UR G E S ACT P A R E N T S TQ PLAY A C T I V E ROLE

The Minister for Education, Senator Susan Ryan, has encouraged parents of children in ACT government schools schools an aCtlVe role in the affairs of their children's'

Speaking at the opening of Richardson Primary school, Senator yan referred to the ready access which schools gave to parents. ' y

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_^°"eve5Tthe °PP°rtunity to do so is not always taken", she said. I would encourage all parents in the ACT to join in the life of their school and so help in the continuing development of our excellent education system.

Built as a flexible plan school at a cost of $2.5m and opened for students in February this year, the school now has an enrolment of 490 students and a teaching staff of 24 Tull time and three part time professionals.

Because many of the families in Richardson come from Laos, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Poland and other countries, the school gives an emphasis to multicultural activities.

Senator Ryan told the parents and students at the opening that it is in the schools that we have the opportunity to provide education which reflects the changing composition of Australian society and focusses on the enrichment offered by a multi­ cultural society.

The distinctive contribution ethnic communities make to our society ensures a richer more diverse and better Australia", said Senator Ryan.

12 October, 1984

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