The Minns Labor Government’s decision today to make significant changes to Georges River College (GRC) Penshurst Girls campus and GRC Hurstville Boys campus has raised concerns about the government’s continued lack of ability to consult with the community.
Starting in 2025, the plan will see a phased transition of Penshurst Girls and Hurstville Boys High to coeducational enrolment for Years 7 and 8 in 2025 and expanding to Years 9 and 10 in 2026.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure expressed concerns about the decision, saying the community should have had greater involvement in what is a significant change to the local education system.
"It is disappointing that the decision to alter the nature of these campuses was made without engaging the community and taking their input into account; local families deserve a say in changes that directly impact their children's education,” Mr Coure said.
“The decision made today also ignores the calls for a comprehensive 7 – 12 high school in the area, which is what many in my community had been asking the government to consider.’
“When I spoke to the Minister’s office, I was repeatedly advised that shortlisted options would be out for further public consultation before finalisation – unfortunately this hasn’t happened.”
“My concerns are that each school will have a new designated intake area which could limit the choices parents have for their children. It does not make any sense to have to apply out of area for a high school just down the road as could be the case with these changes.”
Before the last election, the NSW Department of Education, at the request of the former Coalition Government, went out for initial consultation with parents, students and teachers about the future of the Georges River College Network’s educational offerings.