Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 3 April 2008) . . Page.. 1049 ..
Schools that closed in 2007 provided substantial transition support for all students and their families. Transition planning was offered to all students, and the majority of parents took up this offer. A detailed transition plan was completed for each of these students. These plans clearly identified each student’s individual social and academic needs. Transition plans were forwarded to the receiving schools before the end of the 2007 school year.
Students also participated in a number of transition visits to each of the receiving schools. During these visits students engaged in a number of activities including school tours, assemblies and classroom visits.
Schools that have received students from closing schools have put in place a number of strategies and programs to support each individual student. Programs have been inclusive of all students including Indigenous students and students from a disadvantaged background. Programs include welcome activities, regular executive meetings with transitioning students, surveys and questionnaires, parent interviews and social skills programs.
(Question No 1938)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 4 March 2008:
• What has happened to (a) the electronic whiteboards, (b) computers, (c) library materials and (d) other portable equipment since the 2007 closures of schools;
• Are their plans for the playground and sporting equipment and shade structures at the school sites;
• For each school that closed in 2007 how much of the equipment outlined in parts (2) and (3) was provided by (a) ACT Government, (b) parent fundraising and (c) Commonwealth Government grants;
• What consultation was conducted with parents and the Commonwealth about the arrangements for equipment and materials purchased as a result of their contributions, after the schools closed.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
• All assets from closed schools (issues a, b and d) have, or are being sorted and redistributed to ACT public schools in a process that gives priority to the schools that received enrolments from the closed schools. In the case of library resources (issue c) at Cook Primary School, those entire resources have been relocated to the new Harrison Primary School in accordance with the wishes of the Cook Primary School community. Library resources from other closed schools are being sorted and checked for currency by a qualified librarian for redistribution to ACT public schools in a process that gives priority to the schools that received enrolments from the closed schools.
• All items of sporting equipment have or are being redistributed to ACT public schools in a process that gives priority to the schools that have received enrolments from