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A.C.T. school arrangements for 1970

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The Department of Education and Science today made a further announcement regarding primary and secondary school arrangements for the first term of 1970.

Four new primary schools and one secondary school are to begin taking pupils in Canberra in the new school year. They are the Page, Farrer, Waramanga and Scullin primary schools and the Melrose High School. New blocks have been added and alterations made to the Lyneham, Canberra and Woden Valley High Schools. Extensions are in hand at the Watson and Curtin North primary schools and transportable classrooms are to be located at the Lyons and Chifley primary schools to cater for immediate enrolment pressures.

The Waramanga and Scullin primary schools are nearing completion but following discussions with the National Capital Development Commission the Department of Education and Science has decided to make temporary arrangements until the schools are fully completed. This is expected during first term. The temporary arrangements include:

The Waramanga School to be started with its own teaching staff in portion of the Farrer School. Special school buses will collect the children from and return them to Waramanga.

Children who would have attended the Scullin Primary School and children from the Higgins neighbourhood will go temporarily to the

following schools:

(a) Pupils living in Scullin or in Higgins who attended the Cook and Macquarie schools during 1969 are to continue on at these schools for the time being.

(b) New kindergarten, infants and primary children from Scullin and Higgins will be enrolled at the Cook School on and after Wednesday, 28 January.

The organisational arrangements to be made within Cook and Macquarie Schools for the Scullin and Higgins children will be announced as soon as the enrolment position is clear. However, to avoid excessive changes of school for some children the Department agrees that children from the Higgins neighbourhood who attended Cook or Macquarie during 1969 may, if their parents wish, remain as members of the Cook or Macquarie School until the Higgins School is ready at the beginning of 1971. Parents of

these children will be asked to indicate, on 27 January or soon after, whether they prefer this arrangement or, alternatively, wish their children to join with the Scullin and other Higgins children who will move away from Cook and Macquarie during or at

the end of first term.



The children to attend the Melrose High School will have the extra holiday on 27 January. This is a customary practice for new high schools. The school will start with Forms 1 and 2 comprised of children from the Chifley, Pearce, Torrens, Mawson, Farrer and Weston Creek neighbourhoods. The Weston Creek children at Forms 3 and 4 level will go to Woden Valley High School and Forms 5 and 6 to the Deakin High School. Bus services to the schools will be available.

The Sibling rule recently introduced to the A.C.T. schools will be applied to attendance at the Melrose School. This rule means that parents who have sons. or daughters attending one high school but living in the catchment area of another high school will have the option of enrolling younger children at the catchment area high school or the high school attended by the older children. Parents electing to take advantage of the Sibling rule will do so on the understanding that they will be required to accept responsibility for the transport of the children to the school. It is proposed that the application of the rule should be reviewed each year. It may be necessary to exclude some areas

from time-to time because of certain circumstances particularly enrolment pressures. Canberra High School has been so excluded for 1970.

Department of Education and Science

22 January 1970