As a result of our quad-annual school review (QSR) in 2012, parents asked that we seek to reclassify from a P-10 school to P-9 school. This has been one of our targets in our AIP and we have been given approval to consult with the broader school community. We are also being encouraged to complete this process this term. This does not mean that we will automatically become a P-9 school as that will be the final decision of the Education Minister. We are asked to canvas the whole community to see if a large majority of the community is in favour of the reclassification. As much as the parents at the time of our 2012 QSR wanted to see that change, we need the views of our new parents and parents in the area who do not send their children to the Cecil Plains school as they will be effected by this change also. We also have parents of children not at school yet who will be effected by this change in the future.
Consultation will occur in two forms. There will be a forum or forums if necessary that parents and community members will be encouraged to attend, which will also be an opportunity for people to share thoughts or get clarification about the positive and negative impacts of this change. The children, parents and staff will also be given confidential surveys to complete. Aspects of these surveys will ask about your opinions and others will just provide the decision making process with data (e.g. where children would normally expect to be doing Yr 10, either here at Cecil Plains or somewhere else).
What can you do to help at home? Firstly, ensure you views are heard. Participate in the forum/s and surveys. Talk to your children about what this change would mean for them if the minister does decide to let us reclassify to a P-9. Ensure they understand that this is just the consultation phase and that nothing has been decided yet. If you or your children do not understand what these changes could mean for them, even after attending the forum/s, then come and talk to me. Most importantly, be involved in the decision making process, don’t just let it happen to you.