Save Footscray City Primary School
  • Petitioned The Premier of Victoria, Ted Bailleau

This petition was delivered to:

State Government of Victoria
The Premier of Victoria, Ted Bailleau
State Government of Victoria
Minister for Education, Martin Dixon
Regional Director, Western Metropolitan Region, DEECD
Katherine Henderson

Save Footscray City Primary School

    1. Petition by

      Save Footscray City Primary School

On Wednesday the 26th October, the State Government of Victoria announced it will axe the Steiner program from 2012 and sack Footscray City Primary School's council with no consultation.

This decision impacts over 280 children currently enrolled across Steiner and mainstream programs as well as children already enrolled to commence in both programs in 2012.

In making such a significant decision affecting some of the most vulnerable people in our society (its children), the authority charged with their best interest made no attempt to consult with parents and/or guardians.

No evidence has been provided to support the basis of this decision, which the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has stated is not about Steiner education, but that it is no longer in the best interests of student learning to run dual-stream curriculum at the school.

The decision trashes a 10-year investment of tax-payers' money and community commitment. It removes choice in public education from the western suburbs of Melbourne and leaves 150 children and their families with little time to make alternative arrangements before the start of the new school year. After their health, education of our children is the single most important concern for parents. Our parents had already made a choice and now that has been removed without warning, reason or plans to minimise the impact on children and families.

This decision will affect every child at the school, whether in Steiner or mainstream. For some it may have lasting detrimental effects.

We are concerned about the lack of due process and accountability that has accompanied this decision. We object to the decision, the way in which it was made and the way in which it was delivered to the students, parents and teachers at the school.

We are calling for Ministerial Intervention to overturn this decision immediately, to reinstate the Steiner program and maintain the democratically elected school Council representatives. We want a permanent principal appointed who is committed to and will work with all stakeholders to deliver quality education across a dual stream curriculum of mainstream and Steiner programs.

We believe this is in the best interests of our children and community, and is a vision for quality educational outcomes, deliverable and achievable across a dual stream curriculum at Footscray City Primary School.

Recent signatures


    1. Hard copy petitions presented to the Victorian Parliament last week

      Last week we presented over 500 signatures on each of two petitions - one for each house in the Victorian Parliament. Colleen Hartland MP has called on Minister Dixon to meet with parents of Footscray City Primary School to hear their views and ideas as to how best to resolve this issue in the interests of our children at this late stage of the school year. Time is of the essence now. We urge you to share this petition even further and keep the pressure on. We urge you to write to Minister of Education, Martin Dixon and the Premier of Victoria, Mr Ted Bailleau to act and intervene for the sake of the children and their families of Footscray City Primary School. Regular updates are available from Save FCPS website.

      Thank you so much for your support over the past three weeks.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Rally at the Ministry, 2 Treasury Place Melbourne at 12 noon Sunday 6th Nov

      Put your voice in the picture and say Act Now Minister Dixon!
      Picnic and petition after in the park.

      Minister Dixon said on ABC's Stateline program (4/11/2011) that another Steiner program could be set up at another school if that was what the local community wants. If that's the case, why not work with this community to get it right at our school? We were almost there this year and we want to continue working with the school staff and community to get it right. The school council with equal Mainstream / Steiner representation has worked hard over the past 2 years to reduce school debt, set up appropriate governance mechanisms and resolve past issues. It's not fair to axe the program now without due consideration and process to take on board all stakeholders' viewpoints. A willing leadership inside and external to the school can review and resolve these issues without having to axe programs and a council committed to the school and its community.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Over 500 signatures reached - please share your concerns

      Thank you for signing our petition. Please share this as widely as possible as we only have a small amount of time left to get the Minister and the Department to take action and reverse this decision.

      Raimond Gaita framed the concerns around breach of trust and responsibility in The Age newspaper beautifully today.

      We invite you to attend a peaceful rally at the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne on Sunday 6th November at 12noon - bring a picnic, friends and pens - to sign a hard copy petition we can present to the Victorian Parliament on Tuesday and to write letters direct to the Minister for Education and Premier of Victoria.

      Thanks so much,
      Save Footscray City Primary School

    6. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago

      Schools spend years trying to get 'buy in' from their school community. Parental input cannot be undervalued if we accept that 'it tqakes a village to raise a child'. Schools need to respond to the needs of their community - in all its complexity.....

    • Sylvia Phillips CASTLEMAINE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      To sack a state primary school council and axe a program such as this without due process/consultation is an abuse of power and an abuse of the people involved. People both adults and children are rendered powerless and upset. This decision needs to be retracted and fair and proper consultation instigated.

      • almost 3 years ago

      Their is enough people committed to having the Steiner stream available at Footscray City Primary School to warrant its existance. It's rediculous and juvinile not to be able to get past the issues. I have my children in a Steiner stream as I am committed to them becoming adults that live fully into their natural capabilities. I want the communities involved with the Footscray school to live into their capabilities by finding a way to make it work for everyone concerned.

      • almost 3 years ago

      The many advantages of Steiner schooling and the impact on the kids.

    • ilona Rhys SUNSHINE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Fed up with it!!!


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