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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 593 ..




Melba High School - Resources

MS McRAE - asked the Minister on notice on 22 February 1996:

Why were no extra resources offered to support Melba High School when a substantial number of ex-students from Charnwood High School have now enrolled there?

MR STEFANIAK - the answer to Ms McRae's question is:

The decision was to amalgamate Charnwood High School with Ginninderra High School. As a matter of course the resources of the former separate schools were incorporated into the amalgamated school. The decision indicated that any additional resources would be available only to the amalgamated school.

The Priority Enrolment Area (PEA) for Ginninderra District High School encompasses the PEAs of the two amalgamating schools. Free transport for two years to former Charnwood students has been made available, to reduce any disadvantage which may have been caused by the decision, to students travelling to the amalgamated school.

Resources for ACT schools are largely driven by enrolments, and when the enrolment of a school increases, additional resources are allocated to the school to accommodate the increased number of students. In the case of former Charnwood students attending Melba High School, the school receives the normal quota of resources commensurate with the numbers of students attending.

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