Kids to learn in a concrete jungle
BUSH kids will be forced into a “concrete jungle” if the State Government insists on sending Year 7s to high school and continues to deny there is an overcrowding issue at Warwick State High School, a concerned parent has warned.
Warwick West P&C member and parent Peter Wright said as the biggest feeder school to Warwick State High School, the West P&C has written to the government to express its concerns over their children's future if the high school isn't expanded.
The letter was sent to local MP Lawrence Springborg, Minister for Education Geoff Wilson and Premier Anna Bligh, to share some of their ideas for solutions to the problem.
Mr Wright, who has two children in Year 5, said he believed the high school was overcrowded and something needed to be done quickly about the lack of classroom and ground space.
“I'm not against saving Slade but I'm not sure if it's the answer for the high school,” he said, citing the split campus set-up as being problematic.
“I just don't think it would be in the best interests of the pupils to have two separate campuses.”
Mr Wright said the letter suggested buying up ground in the existing area beside the high school, but it was “up to State Government to be acting on it”.
“This is a big country town and they are pulling us within the city limits of Brisbane,” he said.
“Kids going to Warwick High are coming from the bush area into a concrete jungle.”
Introducing children even younger, in line with the state's plans to include Year 7 as a high school year as it is in NSW and Victoria, would only add to the problem, Mr Wright added.
He said the Department of Education and Training was in denial over increasing student numbers.
“They have their formula and they think it fits for everywhere.
“Just because there is no budget for it, doesn't mean nothing should be done. There are several things they could be doing.”