Collier meets Year 7 parents

31 Jul, 2013 02:00 AM
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Education Minister Peter Collier (centre), with Merredin High School students Hayden Watts (left) and Kaylee Arthur, Merredin College principal Bev Stanes and Year Seven students Liana Craine and Jack Fitzsimmons. Photo: Merredin Mercury.
Education Minister Peter Collier (centre), with Merredin High School students Hayden Watts (left) and Kaylee Arthur, Merredin College principal Bev Stanes and Year Seven students Liana Craine and Jack Fitzsimmons. Photo: Merredin Mercury.

EDUCATION Minister Peter Collier travelled to Beacon and Merredin last week to meet with parents and received feeback on his policy for transitioning Year Seven to high school.

He also took some parents on a tour of the new facilities at the super school in Merredin and the revamped facilities at the Merredin College.

Concerned parent Tryphena Gillett, who attended the meeting in Beacon, said parents were given the opportunity to voice their concerns with the policy but believed it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.

She said most points were brushed off by Mr Collier who continued to preach the benefits of seeing Year Sevens move to high school.

"It was nothing more and nothing less than we expected," Ms Gillett said.

"We told our story from our own point of view but it was ignored.

"But hopefully he will consider what we said and something will open up down the track."

The State Government has been loudly criticised for the policy and the lack of consultation and communication with parents on the matter.

Much of the noise has come from Beacon parents who put together a petition earlier this year calling for the policy to be scrapped.

The petition was signed by more than 4000 parents around the State.

p Full story on the Wheatbelt visit in next week's Farm Weekly.

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