Petition to Daniel Andrews, James Merlino, Victorian School Building Authority
Vital upgrade of hall facilities for Brandon Park Primary School
We, the Brandon Park Primary School community, wish to formally bring to your attention the inadequate current school hall facilities for the rapidly growing student population at Brandon Park Primary School. Due to the large numbers forced to amass in the small space, the air-conditioning units no longer provide adequate coverage and the hall quickly becomes hot and stuffy, with some children and adults suffering from blood noses and other related ailments as a result of the heat generated in the room. Community groups who hire the hall have also lodged concerns with the school in regard to the heat conditions, holes in the plasterwork, peeling paint and the unsafe flooring, as the carpet is threadbare and a potential trip hazard in some areas. Building suitable infrastructure would mean the school could house full-school assemblies, conduct Physical Education lessons indoors when there is inclement weather and complete major exams such as NAPLAN in an appropriate environment. There are no indoor facilities elsewhere within the school premises that can be used for these purposes and major community events and activities have been cancelled due to the lack of space. We therefore request funding be prioritised for the construction of a new indoor sports and hall facility that services the increasing needs of Brandon Park Primary School, and the wider community, that will also allow for future growth.
Petition to The Hon. Richard Wynne, The Hon. Daniel Andrews, The Hon. Martin Foley
Move the Injecting Facility
The location of the injecting room at North Richmond Community Health Centre is right next to a school and in the middle of a high density residential area in a suburb of Melbourne. An optimal location would be in a commercial area, close to major public transport, as per almost all other successful injecting facilities in the world. This would encourage user uptake, which to date has been mixed. Possibly because it is too far from where many users score their drugs. Moving it to a more advantageous location would reduce exposure to the rest of the community, especially the thousands of children in the immediate vicinity. It would make it easier for police to monitor and discourage drug dealers. This “community “ centre is FOR the community with a maternal/child health section, denture clinic, and many other community services like the healthy aging hub and migrant and refugee assistance. There are a myriad of diverse services like cooking groups for older people, and vaccinations for babies. These are at threat of being compromised by the addition of the injecting facility, which makes it untenable for some existing participants. How many parents would want to take their child to get immunised at a place where there are groups of drug users loitering under the influence of ice and heroin? Drug users deserve the privacy and purpose that would be afforded them in a stand alone facility designed for their needs. There is no reason why it needs to be located at NRCH. There have been no studies produced to say what sites were considered or what analysis was done. Where is the evidence to support the choice of location? In contrast there is a plethora of evidence that the Sydney model has been successful over many years and should be followed. We support enhancing the safety of those suffering addiction, but it should not be at the expense of the other members of the community. In particular, those closest to the facility including primary school children, and public housing residents, are likely to be negatively impacted, and possibly endangered, by having hundreds of drug users repeatedly coming there from all over Melbourne. Since the injection room has opened there have been a number of incidents that generate concern, especially in relation to ice users. It is time for the government to reconsider where the best location for the facility might be, and include residents in the process, so that society benefits from its introduction, and users are supported, rather than all parties being let down by a seriously compromised and ill advised location. Your support for this petition is greatly appreciated.
Petition to Rob Stokes, James Merlino, John Gardener, Selena Uibo, Sue Ellery, Jeremy Rockliff, Yvette Berry, Grace Grace
Say Yes to the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Say Yes to the Phonics Screening Check Specific Learning Difficulties affect 10% of the population. Three children in every classroom of 30 will struggle with literacy. To ensure ALL children learn to read we need all states in Australia to #SayYesToThePhonicsCheck More than 50 public schools in South Australia are trialling the new phonics check, which screens a child’s ability to identify the sounds that form words. The phonics screener is a simple check: based on the UK version introduced in 2012 in ALL schools designed to help teachers easily identify children at risk identifies children who aren’t sounding out (decoding) words well Review the evidence and SAY YES to the #PHONICSCHECK A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Read about why Australia should adopt the year 1 phonics screening check Speech Pathologist Alison Clarke explains why the new phonics check will help teachers see who’s guessing, not decoding. Read more from the experts Professor Pamela Snow, Anne Castles, Max Coltheart and Kevin Wheldall. Say Yes to the Phonics Check by signing our petition so no child is left behind. The phonics check will identify kids at risk and ensure early intervention. www.facebook.com/PhonicsScreen/ Thank you
Petition to Chris Hipkins
Make Mental Health Education Compulsory In Primary and Secondary Schools In New Zealand
Mental Health is a huge problem in New Zealand and not much is being done about it - through education and ending stigma. No one should be ashamed about mental health and everyone should have the knowledge about what it is and how to help someone. Whether that be through identifying if someone needs a little help and what not to say. There is so much education needed, so why not start now?
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