We need a new school

We need a new school

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Student enrolments at Beveridge Primary School are due to increase significantly in the next few years due to housing developments occurring from Wallan in North, within Beveridge itself and from Donnybrook/Kalkallo in the South.

Beveridge Primary has seen considerable growth since 2007. By 2018, the school had grown by around 750% in enrolments, with further potential growth of 400% on todays enrolments by the year 2020. The continued build of existing planning permissions and commitments in the Shire of Mitchell and Whittlesea will continue to push demand up and place further stress on an already inadequate and faltering infrastructure such as an antiquated and under capacity sewerage system, having to have drinking water trucked in and a daisy chain patchwork supporting our internet access.

In order to provide our students with every opportunity to excel and develop twenty first century skills we need a new school that has been planned around the learning needs of our community. We need a school that demonstrates the importance placed on the education of children in the Shire of Mitchell by the State Government of Victoria.

Our current facilities challenge opportunities to collaborate, support both intervention and extension activities, develop high level digital literacy skills and facilitate student directed learning. A new purpose built school which facilitates collaboration with spaces which facilitate negotiation, support and discussion, which has the infrastructure to enable digital exploration and opportunities for quiet research and reflection are needed right now.

Even at the most conservative estimates local school capacity will be under serious pressure by 2019. The school infrastructure will haemorrhage under the significant growth which will occur in the next 2 years let alone the next 10. To ensure continuity and certainty for students as well as maximising the learning opportunities which our students deserve, we the undersigned would like a commitment of an outstanding new 21st century learning facility in the 2018-2019 State Budget for the Beveridge community.