The P&C Presidents from Oatley, Mortdale, Lugarno, Penshurst West & Peakhurst West (unfortunately Oately West wasn’t able to attend) recently met with Mark Coure to raise our concerns about the new DET enrolment policy, and the fact that from now on, students will be forced to attend their local feeder high school which in our case are 2 single sex schools for Years 7-10 (Hurstville Boys HS and Penshurst Girls HS).
Mr Coure agreed to write to the Minister for Education and to meet with her to pass on our concerns about both issues. As soon as I have any news, I’ll let you know but I encourage you to write to Mark’s office directly to express your views on email@example.com
The P&C Presidents decided to survey our parents to get some data about whether or not Hurstville Boys and Penshurst Girls should become co-ed, or remain single sex which we can share with Mr Coure and the Minister for Education. Can you please fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YQV2ZGQ. It’s open to parents of all the schools in the Georges River College (GRC) catchment area, so feel free to share. 1 response per family.
Background information for anyone unfamiliar with the new enrolment policy:
Penshurst Girls HS and Hurstville Boys HS are the feeder schools for the majority of students in our area. The closest co-ed high school is Peakhurst HS, but it is considered “out of area” for students in the Oatley, Oatley West and Mortdale areas, and students must apply as out of area students with no guarantee that they will be accepted.
The new DET enrolment policy will severely limit the educational choice of high schools, as out of area students will not be accepted at high schools that are near/at/over their cap (this figure is based on the number of physical buildings at a school, and does not include demountables). The new policy will remove the possibility of our students attending co-ed schools in the Shire which have historically been very popular (high schools such as Kirrawee, Menai, Port Hacking, Jannali, etc) because they are currently over their cap.