I organised an open forum in Woodford last night to discuss with the community their desire to expand the current P-10 school to incorporate Year 11 and 12.
I arranged for local Councillor Adrian Raedel and community member Michelle Hewitt to attend the meeting and share their experience with those present. Shadow Minister for Education, Dr Bruce Flegg MP, was also in attendance to hear first hand the challenges faced by this tight knit community.
Our parents have a tough decision to make and when the future of your kids is at stake I’m not at all surprised that parents in this community are frustrated at the current situation.
Many parents don’t want to send their kids to Woodford State School only to have to take them to another school for their senior years but if they go outside the catchment they are faced with long travel times and high transport costs.
I understand that the community has reservations this will ever be a reality in the future given they have been asking for a senior high school program for at least the last 30 years.
I know the community has been let down in the past. I don’t want to do that. I believe a number of opportunities, including the addition of Year 7 to high school, mean the time is right. I won’t give up easily on this one.