Having a Say in Education; Start of Secondary School Dominates Bundy Talks

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Byline: Lea Emery

ABOUT 40 Bundaberg parents, teachers and community members have had their say about the state government's new education plan at a community forum held at St Luke's Anglican School over the past two days.

About 20 people attended each session, one on Tuesday night and the other yesterday morning, where attendees gave feedback on the government's proposed education plan, including the suggestion to start high school in Year 7.

St John's Lutheran Primary School principal Janelle Turner welcomed the opportunity to have her say.

"I always worry that things are a done deal, but I think it is promising that people are willing to come and see what we have to say about it," she said.

St John's is a Prep to Year 7 school.

As for the remainder of the plan, including a move to a national curriculum, Mrs Turner thought it could greatly enhance the quality of education offered in the state.

"They are trying to get all education people in Queensland improving their program and looking at ways to make our results match with other states," she said. …