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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

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Parliamentary Record 3


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 this became an area school catering for Years 1 to 10. As the town grew, the community lobbied for a new primary school. The primary school was the result of work from people in the community who saw it develop from an idea into a great school when it opened 15 years ago. Karguru Primary School and Preschool were built and opened in 1976. The preschool actually started operation in the second half of 1975 for students on the east side of town from transition to Year 5. Year 6 was retained at the area school. A new double storey facility was built on the campus of the area school to cater for the growing number of secondary students in home economics, woodwork, technical drawing etc. We must remember that this was built for secondary school children. After a number of years as part of the area school, Year 6 eventually moved to Karguru. However, as a result of the expanding numbers of young families, Karguru became overcrowded and it was decided to establish a primary school on the area school campus. At its conception, it was intended that that should be a temporary arrangement. That school came into being in 1982, catering for Years 1 to 4 and mainly for children from the west side of the town so that they would not be required to cross a major highway. Tennant Creek Area School became a high school in the early 1980s, catering for students from Year 7 through to Year 10 and, eventually, Tennant Creek Primary School grew to include Year 6. In 1986, a new high school was built and opened, leaving the campus in Paterson Street vacant. The TAFE Open College and the Barkly Education Centre were centred on that campus. Thus, at the moment, we have the Tennant Creek Primary School, the Barkly Education Centre, an Aboriginal transition unit which has been recently opened there, and the TAFE campus, all in the old area school location. The minister flew into Tennant Creek unannounced. Actually, I was at the airport and I was as surprised to see him as probably he was to see me. He did not let anybody know he was coming, and I think he stands condemned for that also. Mr Perron: Whom are we supposed to ask permission from to go to Tennant Creek? Mrs HICKEY: The minister is not an old-fashioned school inspector who flies in to check on whether the teachers have their pencils sharpened. He is the minister representing Territorians and their hopes and aspirations for children in the Territory. Surely, when he visits schools, he should have the courtesy to announce that he is coming co that people have the opportunity to consult with him and speak to him about their educational aspirations. This was not done. His task force also arrived during the school holidays - a very convenient time. It is much easier to consider closing schools when there are no kids around. Let me reiterate what my colleagues have said: the COGSO representation on the task force totally and consistently opposed the closure of Karguru Primary School. As a result of the deliberations of the task force, it was decided that Karguru should be closed. We are embarking now on a game of musical schools. When the music stops, we all move around one. Karguru goes to Tennant Creek Primary School and the regional office goes to Tennant Creek Primary School. There is not enough room and therefore we will have to move NTOC out. It is the odd man out and it will not have a position. We will return to the issue of adult education and NTOC later because that is a very interesting one. 800

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