Page 1115 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2018

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including enrolment in the school’s Mandarin language immersion program, current enrolments and class sizes.

In previous years, classes for students in years 3-6 have been composite. There have previously been composite classes in years 1-2, particularly for students not enrolled in the immersion program.

In 2018, classes in years 1 and 2 have been made composite to keep class numbers smaller and to ensure that students enrolled in the bilingual program can be taught separately to the students who do not study in the immersion classes.

The new principal, Ms Elizabeth Courtois, held a meeting on 14 February 2018 attended by more than 30 parents. The main issue raised on the evening was communication regarding the changes, however overall the meeting was positive.

Multi-age classes provide students with the opportunity to interact with a wider group of peers to allow for greater collaboration and social development.

The differentiated approach to teaching and learning in composite classes also ensures that students are taught according to their stage of development and ability, rather than their age.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Milligan on Tuesday, 13 February 2018):

1. We are unable to report the exact numbers as the clients can be easily identified and there are risks of exposing the clients’ confidentiality.

2. There have been no delays in accepting clients for the next program. ACT Health is currently examining the delivery of the first program and engaging with future service providers and consumers. It is anticipated that a second program will commence in April 2018.

Business—Local Industry Advocate

Mr Barr (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Wall on Tuesday, 13 February 2018):

The Government’s approach to local industry engagement is set out in Canberra Region: Local Industry Participation Policy (2017), developed with guidance and input from the Local Industry Advocate.

That policy describes a range of measures and requirements to support and encourage local industry participation in ACT Government procurement.

I am advised that the procurement of the green waste service was conducted in strict accord with this policy.

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