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P A R L I A M E N T OF A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E OF R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

P.O. B O X 1 2 0 6 , B O O R A G O O N , W .A . 6154 SUITE 8, GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. (09) 364 5554

P ET E R S H A C K . M .P . FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND MEDIA RELEASE. 31 JULY 1 985. T66/85 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS

"A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF SCHOOL"

Mr Peter Shack, the Federal Member for Tangney, recently visited the Thornlie Christian Community School and was most impressed with what he saw.

"It's a very different kind of school," he s a i d , " as it

uses the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum which places the emphasis on learning rather than teaching."

"The children are trained to accept responsibility for their learning at a pace which suits their individual requirements rather than being forced along or held back by the need to fit in with the rest of a class," Mr Shack said.

"This school, which is operating in a cluster of demountable buildings in a remote bushland setting, represents a great community belief and committment on the part of the members of the Thornlie Church of Christ," he added.

"Children are taught how to learn, they study basic skills which will serve them well for the whole of their lives, and they are trained in basic Christian and human values," Mr Shack said.

There are currently 87 students enrolled in primary and secondary education and the school hopes that once it is established in permanent facilities that the enrolment will rise to around 120.

"This is one of the few schools in Western Australia toυuse the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum which has been accepted in other Australian states and in 42 overseas nations," Mr Shack said.

Mr Shack said that he was most impressed with the way in

which even the youngest students set their own learning goals and devoted themselves to achieving those goals.

"The parents of the students are obviously devoted to the objective of providing their children with the opportunity to make the most of their abilities and achieve success by their own individual standards," he added. "This is a very worthwhile objective and one which deserves the full support of the community and governments."

Mr Shack said that he would be speaking to the Federal Minister for Education, Senator Susan Ryan, during the Budget Session of Parliament regarding funding for the school.

Contact: Delys Newman (09) 364 5554

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