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(5) What, if any, transition plans were implemented for these students and for the other primary school students in the years above year 2.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No feedback has been received.

(2) Verbal feedback was sought throughout the extensive transitioning period during community meetings, school tours, parent information sessions and individual parent transition meetings during 2008.

(3) Principals from receiving schools have reported to departmental staff that parents and families whose children were enrolled in kindergarten or year 1 at Narrabundah Primary School have indicated to their receiving schools that they are happy with their new school environments and the programs offered.

(4) Yes. Enrolment information for students who moved from Narrabundah Primary School indicates Red Hill Primary School and Forrest Primary School as the largest receiving schools for Narrabundah Primary School students. Students in the Learning Support Class transitioned to Curtin Primary School.

(5) Extensive transition arrangements for students from Narrabundah Primary School were organised by nominated transition coordinators at the schools and included orientation visits by students and their teachers, half day visits during term four 2008, meeting their teacher before the commencement of the 2009 school year and transition interviews. Individual transition plans also included the development of Individual Learning Plans and extensive briefing of academic and social needs by Narrabundah teachers to receiving schools.

Cemeteries and crematoria
(Question No 88)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 26 February 2009:

(1) When and how will consultation on the proposed Tuggeranong cemetery and crematorium occur.

(2) How will the consultation specifically engage the ACT community about the type of cemetery they would like to see on the site, including consultation about natural cemeteries.

(3) What changes are required to ACT law to permit ‘natural burials’, including (a) burial in shrouds or cardboard coffins, (b) burial in a bush cemetery, and (c) vertical burial.

(4) What is the amount of power used, and greenhouse gas equivalent produced, by Norwood Park crematorium annually.

(5) What is the likely carbon footprint of a natural cemetery compared to those of standard burials and cremations.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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