Schools get independence

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Yarloop Primary School, Waroona District High School, Harvey Primary School and Brunswick Junction Primary School have all become Independent Public Schools, giving them greater autonomy over decisions within the school.
Camera IconYarloop Primary School, Waroona District High School, Harvey Primary School and Brunswick Junction Primary School have all become Independent Public Schools, giving them greater autonomy over decisions within the school.

Four State schools within the Harvey and Waroona shires have reached an exciting milestone and will operate as Independent Public Schools from semester two.

Harve, Brunswick and Yarloop primary schools and Waroona District High School all achieved IPS status from the State’s Education Department last month.

The move will allow the schools to have more autonomy and flexibility over the decisions affecting their school communities.

It will also allow them to become more involved in the community.

Principals Mark Gledhill, Jason Romeo, Claire Nicol and Jacquie Abbiss are excited wit their Public Independent School Status.
Camera IconPrincipals Mark Gledhill, Jason Romeo, Claire Nicol and Jacquie Abbiss are excited wit their Public Independent School Status.

Harvey Primary School principal Jason Romeo said he was delighted with the result.

“We have a great culture at our school, but this will help us to build on it,” he said.

“Being able to make autonomous decisions is great — the school community knows what is best for our school.”

Harvey Primary School principal Jason Romeo with students Matilda Cumbers, 11, India Garlik, 11 Lilly Adams, 11 and Harris Ward, 11.
Camera IconHarvey Primary School principal Jason Romeo with students Matilda Cumbers, 11, India Garlik, 11 Lilly Adams, 11 and Harris Ward, 11.

Yarloop Primary School principal Mark Gledhill said staff and school community would have a bigger say in important decisions.

“It is all about lifting our community profile and getting the community into the school,” Mr Geldhill said. Yarloop Primary School has already started meeting community groups at the Yarloop CRC.

Yarloop Primary School principal Mark Gledhill and students Caleb Halling,11, and Emma Burdekin, 11.
Camera IconYarloop Primary School principal Mark Gledhill and students Caleb Halling,11, and Emma Burdekin, 11.

The Brunswick community is excited to achieve IPS status.

Principal Claire Nicol said she wanted to thank school chair Jo Dalton for her hard work.

Student leader Sebastian Pruiti said it would help his school “to glow”.

Brunswick Junction Primary School principal Claire Nicol with student leaders Holli Dalton, 11, Savannah Scott, 11, and Sebastian Pruiti, 12.
Camera IconBrunswick Junction Primary School principal Claire Nicol with student leaders Holli Dalton, 11, Savannah Scott, 11, and Sebastian Pruiti, 12. Credit: Pictures: Briana Fiore

Waroona District High School principal Jacquie Abbiss said it would provide an opportunity for the community and staff to ignite change and move forward.

Waroona District High School principal Jacquie Abbiss with studentsRachel Smith, 14 , and Lachlan Birch, 13.
Camera IconWaroona District High School principal Jacquie Abbiss with studentsRachel Smith, 14 , and Lachlan Birch, 13.

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said she was proud of the schools and wished them well.

“They have worked so hard so it is great to see it pay off.”

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