primary school

11 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to Mr John Gardner MP

Stop the move of Year 7 to High School in SA

Dear Mr Gardner I have strong concerns with the SA Government's plans to move year seven to high school within the next four years. I have two daughters, a nine year old, currently in year four and an eleven month old. I also have a thirteen year old step-daughter who started high school in year eight this year and a twelve year old step-son who will be starting high school as a year eight next year. My currently nine year old daughter started school in 2014 when she was four years old as her birthday is in March. This was due to the South Australian Government  deciding to introduce one primary school intake starting that year to be "in line with other states". This was not beneficial to my daughter. Due to limited notice of the change she only attended three terms of pre-school before commencing primary school. I see now that she was not quite mature enough and likely would have benefited waiting an extra year before starting. Due to this change, the majority of children born before May 1st each year will be commencing primary school at age four. If year seven moves to high school she and the children like her with birthdays before May 1st will be eleven years old when starting at high school. This is ludicrous. I don't know if you recall the transition to high school, but even as a thirteen year old it was an intimidating experience for me to be mingling with the older kids at high school, the change in structure and the increased importance of grades and scores. I can't imagine what this would be like at eleven years old. Your policy plan states that research shows that children benefit from a middle years program. Will you be investing in creating seperate middle school campuses for year seven to nine students? I honestly cannot fathom why your Government believes that having eleven and twelve year old children move into a teenage environment would be beneficial? Why would we wish to end childhood early. How is this beneficial to a child's development? This is not about what is best for a child's development; this is about feeling embarrassed that South Australia is "backward" since we are not "in line with other states" with the year that high school begins. Why not invest the significant amount of tax payer funding that would be required to facilitate this move in buildings and logistics into funding to improve the educational and social developmental outcomes for year seven students in their current location in primary schools. To undetake such a massive change without consultation with parents who's children will be affected by this change is arrogant and I am absolutely outraged at the lack of consultation with parents. I would like this plan to move year seven to high school abandoned. Victoria Allan-Mead  A parent who's children will be affected by this proposed change

Victoria Allan-Mead
41 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to qld government

PENNY PAWS: Teaching Our Children Safety Awareness

Help Us To Make A Change! After the events that have occurred with OSHC Camp Australia within local schools in the Ipswich Area, we have discovered that alot of young children are unaware of what to do in a scary situation such as verbal abuse, neglect, physical harm, bullying ect. We are currently studying Diploma of Community Services and have a strong passion for assisting those who may not have a voice to stand up for themselves!  We have created a program to take to local schools. PENNY PAWS  MISSION: To teach children of Local School's safety awareness so they can determine the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong regarding personal safety as well as what to do if ever put in this situation. Then to continue on with other schools in the local area. Program will be based on teaching the children the following topics What is safety?  Stranger Danger Personal Space Speaking Up All sessions will have activity sheets for the kids to participate as well as videos and and games, all child friendly and age appropriate. Our mascot Penny the Leopard will teach the kids the 3 important steps to keep safe! She will use her paws and teach the kids to put their paws up in signs of danger. STOP. THINK "Am I comfortable with this? Am I in danger?" PUT YOUR PAWS UP and say "STOP I don't like it!" In a firm voice! Find someone you trust to speak up Penny will also use phrases like "That was Pawsome!" "Round of a paws!" as well as teaching the kids how to "Keep your paws to yourself" Each child who participates in this program will receive a certificate of completion with their name and class included as well as a small gift. We feel by doing this, it will benefit all children in being confident to speak up, knowing the risks and how to handle it without fear of judgement or consequence. Depression and Suicide is a major problem in young peoples lives these days and it something that most don't like to speak about but by participating in this program you can have a peace of mind knowing that your child is capable of speaking up and not suffering in silence and have a basic understanding of personal safety. This program will be no cost to the parents of participants or to the school, we will raise all funds needed to run this successfully and seek government funding once implemented to be able to continue this as it is a very important subject that doesn't get taught enough! If trial is successful, we will be able to continue on with a Grade 5 & 6 Program and a High School program which will incorporate suicide prevention, cyber bullying, etc.  This petition will help us to show that parents & the community are on board with this idea and want to see it happen! Child abuse needs to stop, and it takes a whole community to band together and make a stand! No child should ever live in fear or suffer in silence! If you agree with us and would like to see this program implemented in schools then please sign this petition and help us to help those in need! Thanks for reading and thanks for your support! "Penny Paws"  

Shannon Reynolds
88 supporters