Way back in the past when the Baringa State Primary School was first discussed, there seemed to be agreement that the new Baringa State High School would open 12 months after the primary school and provide a smooth transition for students moving on from the primary school to the state high school. Students completing their primary school education at the end of 2018 would move on to the newly opened state high school in 2019.
Then this opening date for the new state high school was changed to 2020 meaning the 2018 exiting primary school students would need to attend another state high school for 12 months while the promised Baringa State High school was still being completed.
The photo above shows the state high school site today and as you can see it would be a huge push to have it ready as a fully functional state high school even by the beginning of 2020. Does this mean another year’s delay and the sending of another year level of Baringa Primary School kids off to an ‘interim’ state high school?
Consider the implications for the parents of these children. Another school uniform, another year or two of getting your state high school child to another school outside of the area. Think of the resultant traffic hassles! New friends, new surroundings and now you have to travel away from your own neighbourhood!
The 2020 opening was bad enough but to add another year as well as another year level of new students to an interim state high just isn’t fair on the kids or their parents.
What can you do? You can sign the petition urging the state government to fast track the new Baringa State High School and for the good of parents, students and the neighbourhood, have the school ready by the beginning of 2020. Parents may accept 2020 as an opening date but there could be a community up in arms if the opening is put back another 12 months to January 2021.
Go to the website at https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2941 to add your signature to the petition or click HERE.