At the council meeting on August 20th the Sandringham College Council voted to recommend to the Minister of Education that the College become two separate stand alone Colleges no later than the beginning of 2014.
This would create a 7-12 Secondary College at Beaumaris and a separate Sandringham College 7-12 on two campuses, one at Holloway road and one at Bluff road.
Sandringham College Council has seen through an extensive public consultation and has listened to the community. There have been meetings at the school, meetings in local primary schools and invitations to contribute in many ways. The community has made it clear that it wants change while at the same time valuing the College and what it has achieved over many years.
Sandringham College Council realises that people want the school they send their children to be closer to them and immediate community. The establishment of two Colleges will enable the two new colleges to be more responsive to the local community.
Sandringham College Council is confident that this is the best way to make public education a stronger choice for parents, ‘The community will have two Colleges that they have a strong sense of ownership of. This will unleash a huge amount of community energy to make the two new Colleges, commented Allen McAuliffe Sandringham College Principal.
The work done has energised discussion and links with all the primary Schools and it is from them and their knowledge that we will work to finalise the details of the nature of each of the two new proposed Colleges.
Sandringham College Principal, Allen McAuliffe pointed out that while the recommendation requests the Minister to create two new Colleges he sees them, as does Council as being in an alliance to ensure excellent academic programs for the whole community. He commented ‘this will see more local ownership of the Colleges and stronger cooperation to provide for young people ‘
Council also calls on the Government to act as quickly as possible to give access to the $ 6 million mentioned in the Electoral platform.
Allen McAuliffe commented; this is a historical decision it is a bold one and a correct one, Council and community await the response of the Minister in the next few weeks as it supervises two working parties, one focussed on Beaumaris and the other on Sandringham.
For further detail please contact College Principal Allen McAuliffe or Howard Kelly on 0417 723 947.
For a full copy of all public documents and the motion, please visit the College blog: www.sandringhamcollege.com