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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

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Title

Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

Other title

Parliamentary Record 3

Collection

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

Date

1991-05-01

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/279515

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418775

Page content

DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 viability. There are also concerns in relation to children from the Nightcliff Family Centre creche making use of the Nightcliff Preschool. Such details will have to be worked through in the coming months to ensure that we do not undermine the viability and services of both of those child-care centres, and their relationships with the preschools. The monthly meeting of the Nightcliff Primary School Council was held on Wednesday. In probably the most positive move which has occurred, it intends to examine the potential impact of an intake of up to 100 students from Rapid Creek Primary School. At present, there are estimated to be only 50 vacancies. However, demographic analysis is expected to indicate that further vacancies will occur as limitations are placed on the intake of students from outside Nightcliff and Rapid Creek. Rapid Creek parents are making early enrolments of their children in other schools so that we can start to manage the adjustments and ensure that all Rapid Creek children wanting to attend Nightcliff Primary School can do so. As the local member, it is certainly my intention to ensure that that occurs. In doing so, I will be happy to work with the member for Millner because part of Rapid Creek falls within his electorate. I will be happy to work with him to ensure that, wherever possible, those parents and students have that opportunity. Nightcliff Primary School proposed that, for the balance of this year, it would seek to form a joint school council with the Rapid Creek School Council with the objective of treating the adjustment more as an amalgamation of the schools than as simply taking students from a school that is closing. It was proposed that we look at how we may be able to create a new school community with the best of the programs from each of those schools. That is a matter that can and should be addressed as soon as possible. However, I doubt whether the Rapid Creek school community will be particularly interested in addressing that at this stage whilst its fighting blood is roused and it is battling to retain Rapid Creek Primary School. Nevertheless, the Nightcliff school community is prepared to make that offer available. Frankly, the decision has been made and, as I have advised the school community, I cannot believe that it will be changed. In that circumstance, we should seek to retain the best programs that we can. It is my intention to work with the parents, the students and the teachers to look after each of the individual programs. As I have said, I am promoting some innovative approaches such as ensuring the continuation of Rapid Creek's programs and philosophy by encouraging that informal amalgamation and transferring special programs, materials, equipment and staff by agreement with the principals and councils of the schools concerned, by treating each child and his nv her parents as individuals and consulting with them to ensure a guaranteed enrolment at the school of their choice, subject to priority feeder area requirements, by early finalisation of enrolments at receiving schools to ensure that each child's curriculum requirements are met, and by negotiating, with the agreement of the school councils concerned, for inclusion in the receiving school of key elements of the philosophy of the closing school. I am promoting those approaches to assist with management of the situation. When I began this speech, I made the point that, on a personal basis, it is very difficult for myself, my family and my friends and neighbours to face the closure of Rapid Creek Primary school. I do not step away from that. I have fought and argued for years in an attempt to find ways to keep Rapid Creek Primary School open but, as I said before, the fact that the threat of closure has been there for so long has lent an air almost of 807


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