A petition calling on the State Government to fast-track the opening of a public school set to accommodate thousands of Caloundra South residents has today been launched.
It comes as students who currently attend the newly opened Baringa State Primary School are headed for years of uncertainty and chaos with its sister high school not set to open until 2021 at the earliest.
Principal petitioner Deborah Hardie, of Caloundra West, said many parents were upset that children currently in Year 5 and Year 6 will have their schooling lives impacted.
“I’m a bit angry because we were told at information sessions and when purchasing property Baringa High would be open in 2020, but now we’re hearing rumours it might not be until 2022,” Mrs Hardie said.
“My children were originally at Meridan State College, we’ve moved them to Baringa Primary, we’ll now have to move them temporarily back to Meridan and then shuffle them back to Baringa High when it finally opens.
“They’ll have to adjust to different teachers, friends and routines.
“We’re already under financial stress and having to fork out for more and more uniforms is not economical.”
Mrs Hardie said both her children were on the autism spectrum and currently walking to Baringa Primary does wonders for their mindset.
“We moved to schools so we could walk and it’s had such a positive effect, it clears their mind.
“To go from walking to school to having to go back in the car and driving doesn’t help anyone.”
Caloundra MP Mark McArdle has sponsored the petition.
“The Department of Education have advised Baringa State High School is not expected to open until 2021,” Mr McArdle said.
“The State Government pushed to open Baringa Primary earlier than expected so I can’t see why they can’t do the same with the High School.
“There are many parents and school children whose lives will be disrupted significantly if this high school is not fast-tracked.”
People can sign the hard-copy petition at Mr McArdle’s electorate office, or online from tomorrow at https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/current-epetitions.
The petitions close in August, when they will then be lodged in Parliament House for the Education Minister’s consideration.
For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.